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Do you have children under 5 years of age?

We offer a wide range of services to families with children aged 0-5 years, visit us soon. Cawston Grange Children’s Centre

Scholars Drive, Cawston, Rugby, CV22 7GU. Tel: 01788 817723 Offering services including: • Stay and Play Sessions • Breastfeeding Group • Baby Group with Health Visitor • Childminder/Carer Network • Young Parents Group and much more

Wolston Library and Children’s Centre

Warwick Road, Wolston, CV8 3GX. Tel: 01788 817723 Library opening times: Tue: 9.30am-7pm Fri: 9.30am-5pm Closed 1-2pm Library telephone number: 02476 542513 Offering services including: • Stay and Play Sessions • Breastfeeding Group • Baby Group with Health Visitor • Childminder/Carer Network

Dunchurch and District Children’s Centre Outreach Services: C/o Cawston Grange Children’s Centre, Scholars Drive, Cawston, Rugby, CV22 7GU. Tel: 01788 817723 Offering outreach services including: • Leamington Hastings Infant School • Bawnmore Community Infant School

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You have also been sending in your recommendations of things to do and places to go with little ones (page 12) - please keep them coming in! We have some great prizes to give away to our favourites. Perhaps you’re thinking that this year will be the one where you find the new job that lets you spend more time with your children - if so, check out our New Year, New Career section on page 24, full of useful tips and ideas to help you get started. Scattered throughout the magazine you will also find some funny looking bar codes. These are called QR codes and are just fantastic. You can use your smart phone to scan these codes (download a free app from your app store, or from getreader.com), and they will take you straight to further information, offers, videos and more on the web. We think they’re loads of fun - try them out! Use your scanner on the code below and see where it takes you!

Contents What’s New

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Child Communication

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Shop About

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Reader Recommendations 12 Toddle Models

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Pregnancy Dos & Don’ts

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The Naughty Step Debate 18 Special Offers

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Local Business Reviews

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Mums Making It

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New Year, New Career

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Daily Activity Planner

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Toddle About Directory

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Loving life with little ones,

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Contact us on 0845 643 2483 or info@toddleabout.co.uk PS. Don’t forget! You can subscribe to Toddle About for FREE at www.toddleabout.co.uk/subscribe and we’ll post a copy to your door every quarter. A special thank you goes out this edition to Bump N Born Photography (p.17) for our wonderfully wintry cover photo of Toddle Models winner Joseph Mills. Congratulations Joseph! Find out how to get a picture of your child printed in Toddle About on p. 15.

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?

8,000 copies of Toddle About are distributed every quarter around Rugby, Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth & Southam 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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Winter is well and truly here but you’ll be glad to know there are still plenty of things going on for little ones all over South Warwickshire! You will find plenty of ideas in the Daily Activity Planner from page 26 where we list the hundreds of groups and classes you can choose from. And don’t forget! Many of the classes have free trial offer vouchers in our centre pages.


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New Hand & Foot Cast Business Near Rugby Kids grow up so quickly so it’s lovely to be able to look back and see how cute their hands and feet were. Local mum Suki Wong has recently launched Babyprints near Rugby to give you the chance to create bespoke impressions and 3D solid castings of your children’s hands and feet. Casting is suitable for babies just a few days old and there are no upper age limits. 3D solid casts are available in a sliver, bronze or gold finish. www.babyprints.co.uk or 01455556587 P.11

Pink and Blue Baby World Moves to Banbury Drop in and visit the new shop for everything you require for all stages from maternity to toddler. 7 Parson Street, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 5LW www.pinkandbluebabyworld.co.uk P.11

Wonder Bus - for a party with a difference

Under new management, The Wonder Bus provides a fun and safe environment for your child’s birthday party. The double decker bus has been specially converted into a soft play area providing a unique party for kids from 3 to 8 years old. They drive to your home or other venue and park up outside. The party takes place on board the bus with no mess inside your house and no worry that it might rain! Find out more at www.thewonderbus.co.uk P.25

New Bumps & Early Days Session

Run by Rugby NCT, the Bumps & Early Days drop in session is held at Claremont Children’s centre on Fridays, 1pm - 3pm (free entry) www.nct.org.uk or 0844 243 6253

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New Dandy Development Class in Barford Due to popular demand, Dandy Development is launching NEW classes in Barford, starting on Tuesday 17th January. These baby and toddler classes combine baby sign, music, movement and sensory experiences. Children delight in the familiar routine of saying hello to DandyLion and opening his bag to find what toys he has brought to explore, and know to expect unusual, exciting and fun experiences! Parents join in the fun whilst learning techniques to help their little ones become confident communicators. Classes are also in Leamington, Warwick and Offchurch. Visit www.dandydevelopment.co.uk for more information or give Nikki a call on 07890 241301 P.37

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Yoga for you and your baby These gentle and relaxed sessions are taking place at Stonemonkey Yoga Studio and Cafe, 22 Binswood St, Leamington CV32 5RN. For babies from 3-4 months up to crawling: Mondays 12-1.30 and Thursdays 10-11.30 For newborn up to 3-4 months: Thursdays 12-1.30 Need a chance to stretch and tone? Want to remember how to relax? Then these sessions are for you – no need for any prior yoga experience. You will also learn some wonderful movements and holds to interest and delight your baby. www.yogaworks.me.uk or 07981 769920 P.33

Paint & Glaze Open Days

A great chance to do children’s hand and footprints. Have a go at pottery painting whilst enjoying a slice of cake , tea and coffee. Manor Farm Tea Rooms, Catthorpe Thursday 19th January 2012 (10.30 - 12.30pm) Thursday 16th February 2012 (10.30 - 12.30pm) Thursday 15th March 2012 (10.30 - 12.30pm) Rugby Art Gallery and Museum Fri 20th & Sat 21st January 2012 (10.30 - 12.30pm) Fri 17th & Sat 18th February 2012 (10.30 - 1.30pm) Fri 16th & Sat 17th March 2012 (10.30 - 12.30pm) www.paintandglaze.co.uk or 01788 560771 P.8

Personal Training - Babies Welcome! Estelle Price offers personal training at home, work, outdoors and in the gym. The choice is yours, to suit you. Bring Baby too! Covering Leamington Spa, Warwick, Kenilworth, Stratford and surrounding villages, Estelle is Pre and Post Natal Qualified and specialises in training for weight loss and body conditioning, offering nutrition advice and support. Contact:- Estelle Price, training@estelleprice.co.uk www.estelleprice.co.uk or 07854 056806. P.13

New Sing & Sign Class

Stage 2 classes will be running in Shottery, Stratford for the first time ever – covering Foods, Colours, Weat her, Opposites, Love and Manners, Being Helpful, Phon ics A-Z, Speech Sounds Stage 2 classes are desig ned for mums moving on from Stage 1. www.singandsign.com or 01789 415591 P.35

New Football Classes in Kenilworth have child signed Club Futsal classes are a new kind football class running in Kenilworth for boys and girls aged 2½ – 7 years. Futsal is just like football, but uses a heavier and slightly smaller ball than usual. Because of this, Futsal develops extra agility and skill over standard football training and many premier league footballers swear by it as the foundation for their own success. Paul Holmes, Regional Football Scout, is the Director of Club Futsal UK and is passionate about giving children the chance to follow their dreams to become professional footballers. With links to Coventry City Football Club, all children who attend Club Futsal classes have the chance to try out for Coventry, and one child was recently signed by them on a one year contract. Harry Stockdale-Smith is just 10 years old and is on the way to football stardom, having been playing with Club Futsal for just 5 months (since May 2011). Club Futsal is not just for those with dreams of becoming a professional however. The classes are first and foremost a lot of fun for the children and they also help them to develop physically and emotionally. The running and playing develops balance, coordination and physical strength, whilst

the improvement they see in themselves and the team atmosphere develops self-esteem and social skills. Club Futsal take students as young as 2½ years and currently have five 3 yearolds in the programme, all showing real promise. Paul says, “As in anything, if you want to be the best you have to practise so it’s great to start learning football skills young so they become second nature”. Club Futsal currently run classes in Kenilworth at Meadowhall every Monday from 5 – 6pm, and are planning to open new centres in Leamington Spa, Coventry and Northampton in 2012. If you would like to have Club Futsal classes running close to your area, you can register your interest with Paul by calling 07745565745. If there is enough interest (10-15 children) Club Futsal will open a centre in your area! Club Futsal welcomes boys and girls of all abilities from the age of 2½ up to 15 years. Visit www.clubfutsaluk.co.uk for the latest information. P.37

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Child Communication How to encourage and support early communication and language

There is so much more to communication than just words. To become good communicators children have to focus, listen, remember, understand, select words, speak clearly, use body language and take turns! It’s no wonder it takes time to master and that some children find it complicated. Our son found learning language difficult. Baby signing was wonderful; it relieved tantrums and meant that he could communicate his basic needs. I began looking for other ways to encourage his speech, but no-one would help. Eventually we were granted a place on a parent based therapy course, and subsequently attended other courses, where we learnt a range of techniques to support and encourage him. I wondered why this information wasn’t readily available to every parent, and thought it was wrong that I had to fight so hard to get it! The language techniques are simple, easy to learn and effective for all children. They involve making small changes to the way you interact with your child, but can make a huge impact on their development. Here are a few techniques you can try…

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Make the most of your time together by turning off any background noise so they can focus on you. Let them choose a toy, follow their lead and tell them about the items they are holding – keep your language slow, simple, child-like, clear and repetitive. You can give a running commentary of what they are doing, for example “car, small car… car is moving… up ramp… car up, up, up… car down, down the ramp.” This repetition is very important; children need to hear a word over and over again before they understand it and even more times if they are going to attempt it themselves!

You can increase the quality of interactions, and the chances for eye contact, by moving your whole body so you are at the same level and face-to-face with your child. This gives them the best opportunity to copy you and puts you in the best position to encourage and support them. If they crawl off, follow them and get face to face again – this can be very difficult and tiring! Praise any attempts at speech with enthusiasm and encouragement.

Repeat what they say Once your child starts to use words, irrespective of pronunciation, show you understand by repeating the word correctly. You can help by adding another word, for example if they say “cat” you can repeat it and say “yes, black cat”. This technique can be applied to any level of development, to encourage 3, 4 or 5 word sentences, or to encourage an older child to use adjectives.

These techniques (plus others), combined with baby sign, can give development a real boost. We have watched our son become a chatty child and it is incredibly rewarding. Give the techniques a try; I was so impressed that I was inspired to create baby and toddler classes incorporating them. Go on - you’ve got nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain! Written by Nikki Sayers. Nikki Sayers has created Dandy Development baby and toddler classes to help with children’s development using these techniques and many more. Classes are held in Leamington, Warwick, Barford and Offchurch. Visit www.dandydevelopment.co.uk for more information. See advert on page 37

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Clexo table and seat in one

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For children who love to colour, draw, paint, play or for enthusiastic book worms. Your child will sit comfortably and develop an ideal posture while playing at the Clexo table. The tilted table top has two cup holders for pencils and other favourite things. The footrest is height-adjustable. Different colour combinations are available for seat and feet. Come with your child and try the Clexo in the Kinderroom store. Kinderroom, 31a Warwick Street, Leamington Spa. 01926 888 250 or visit online www.kinderroom.co.uk/childrens-chairs-c8/

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Kids grow up so quickly so it would be great to look back and see how cute their hands and feet were. The sea horse emblem and bobble both reflect light and show up brilliantly in the dark. They are fun and practical, with the added safety advantage of making children more easily seen. Great for trips to and from school or nursery and for playing out in the snow! Available for age 3-5 in blue, pink and navy. www.toddleoff.co.uk

Babyprints specialises in creating bespoke impressions and 3D solid castings of children’s hands and feet, capturing lines and wrinkles that are soon forgotten. It is suitable for babies of just a few days old and there are no upper age limits. If you have older children, their hands or feet can be displayed in a frame alone or alongside their younger sibling’s. 3D solid casts are available in a sliver, bronze or gold finish. Use the 10% off voucher in the centre pages. Contact: Suki on 01455556587 to make an appointment. www.babyprints.co.uk

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Phil & Teds Explorer buggy

The all new explorer delivers parent & child a proven inline™ formula plus terrific new features: One hand fast fold, new car seat and second seat mode, a large follow-the-sun sun hood, a double kit (2nd seat) sun hood, new Seat Performance System™, interchangeable colours, and an easy-to-use pedal brake. Come and visit our show room today! 7 Parson Street, Banbury, OX16 5LW www.pinkandbluebabyworld.co.uk

Babymule Backpack Changing Bag

Babymule is a truly interchangeable baby changing bag

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It changes with your needs from a messenger bag to a rucksack and can even clip onto your pushchair. It is the perfect day bag, ideal for short trips out, great for rambles in the outdoors and fantastic for long haul flights. It comes with a nappy changing bag, change pouch for nappies and wipes, a neoprene bottle holder and a handy bag for dirty clothes. Available in red or black. www.toddloff.co.uk

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There are 8 Song Mitts in the range and each set comes with a song card to remind you of the words.

Children delight at watching you move the characters. They are also great for developing children’s counting and one-to-one correspondence; both a fun and educational puppet. Suitable for 3 years +. The Song Mitts and other puppets can be viewed and ordered from Musical abc at www.musicalabc.net

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Reader Recommendations

Thank you to all of you who sent us your recommendations of the bump, baby and toddler things that you love and think everyone should know about! As before, our ‘Editor’s Choice’ recommendations have won a prize - this edition was a letter from Santa for your little ones, that arrived in time for Christmas.

Editor’s Sign & Sign Classes oice We go to Pippa Jenkins’ Ch Sing & Sign class in Warwick. She’s just one of the loveliest humans! My daughter and I have taken a few different classes but this is by far both of our favourite. Lily really opened up in the relaxed environment and the signing itself has been fantastic help with understanding Lily as her communication skills develop - we believe it actually introduced her to the idea that she could communicate, far earlier than speech alone would have done. Lily has even invented her own sign for ‘swing’! She is now 16 months and can ask for music on, tell us she’s hungry, thirsty, ask for some specific foods, tell me when there’s a noise concerning her, and much more. It took me a while to get used to doing the signs, but once I got the hang of it, Lily quickly started picking them up too and it’s just lovely to see her delight in her new found ability! I can’t recommend this class enough. Rachael Mantle and Lily Clementine, Leamington Spa Hug-a-Bub Sling I can’t recommend my hug-a-bub sling highly enough. It is a soft fabric sling that holds babies nice a close and warm to your chest. My son loves it and is instantly soothed being in it plus it means my hands are free for getting on with stuff-brilliant. Amy Burt and Arthur (9 weeks)

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Editor’s Dandy Development Choice Classes As a mum of 18 month-old twins who like different activities, it has been difficult to find a group that incorporates a bit of everything to suit their needs. However, the Dandy Development classes based in Warwickshire do just that, as each session has a mix of singing, movement, signing & playing. Nikki Sayers, who runs the classes, is fantastic with the children and each week she keeps their attention and gets everyone involved and on their feet. Even the parents enjoy the classes and have fun! The classes last approximately 50 minutes and suit the ages from 4 months to approx 2.5 years. Each week, Nikki introduces a new theme and “Dandy” (the cuddly lion mascot) makes an appearance which the children love. The children learn new songs as well as traditional nursery rhymes. We also get to take home information each week on what has been learned so we can use it at home. Andrea O’Brien (Mum to Maisie and Lily - 18 months) from Rugby Editor’s Tiddlers Mother & Choice Baby Group I love this group. It is held at the Baptist church, Castle Hill, Warwick. (Mon & Tues 10-12). Tiddlers is a lovely group for babies up to 1 year and the age limit means you don’t have to worry about tiny babies getting squashed by older children. It’s run by the kindest, friendliest ladies. I have been taking Sienna since she was only ten weeks old and we have made amazing friends. Chantal Ousbey & Sienna (11 m)

Editor’s Baby-Led Weaning Choice We did baby-led weaning with Dylan, and it was amazing. He loved being able to explore food with his hands and eat exactly what he wanted. He loved feeling ‘all grown up’ and eating food off our plates and now eats all sorts of things. His favourite meals are pasta pesto or kedgeree, which he now eats with a spoon. Baby-led weaning has given him an adventurous palate! Helen and Dylan (2), Alcester Scan this QR code to read reviews and recommendations on the Toddle About website

Win Children’s Books! If you’ve found something or somewhere that you and your little one love, we want to help spead the word! Please send us your recommendations and we will publish them so everyone can benefit. It can be anything at all - a place, a product, a class... as long as it’s relevant to bumps, babies and toddlers. Our Editor’s Choice recommendations will win one of the following Priddy Books titles - Hello Bear! (RRP £7.99) or Boys on Safari (RRP £3.99). Please email your recommendations to rec@toddleabout.co.uk by 29th February 2012 with your name, address and the prize you would prefer.

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Make us smile Once again you have proven that Warwickshire is packed full of cute babies and toddlers! Thank you for all your wonderul entries - we hope you enjoy them as much as we have. You can see the full size images on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/toddleaboutmagazine. Congratulations to this issue’s winner - the utterly gorgeous Joseph Mills, who you have already seen riding a sledge on our front cover! Thanks to local photographer Bump N Born for doing such a fantastic job of the cover shot. Visit www.bumpnborn.co.uk for more info on Bump N Born. Use the voucher in our centre pages to get a 10% discount on on their canvas and acrylic products. Advert on page 17.

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Pregnancy: What’s Good & Bad We all know that there are a lot things that have the potential to affect an unborn baby during pregnancy – smoking, alcohol, shell fish and the like. But did you know about these things? A study in 2004 showed that eating chocolate during pregnancy might have beneficial effects for a baby. The babies in the study had their behaviour ranked 6 months after birth, looking at things such as fear, smiling and laughter. What they found was that the babies whose mothers had eaten chocolate daily were more active, and smiled and laughed more. Where the mothers had been stressed during pregnancy, those who had eaten chocolate regularly had babies that showed less fear of new situations. A link between chocolate and baby behaviour was not established by the study, however the researchers speculated that the chemicals in chocolate that are associated with positive mood may have been passed on to the baby through the placenta. Study by Katri Raikkonen at the University of Helsinki

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Research in 1996 on the effects of gravity showed that pregnant fem ale rats that flew into space suff ered a difficult labour, and produced you ng that were disoriented by gravity. The tests haven’t been done on humans, but just in case, it’s probably one to avo id! Study by Jeff Alberts and April Ronca of Indiana University in Bloomington

Inconsistent Mood is Bad A study carried out earlier this year made an interesting discovery – that a mother’s mood during pregnancy can affect the development of their baby after birth. The study tested pregnant women for signs of depression before and after birth and also tested their babies’ postnatal development. They found that what mattered to the babies was the consistency of their environment before and after birth. That is, the babies who did best were those who either had mothers who were healthy both before and after birth, and those whose mothers were depressed before birth and stayed depressed afterward. What slowed the babies’ development was changing conditions—a mother who went from depressed before birth to healthy after or healthy before birth to depressed after. “We must admit, the strength of this finding surprised us,” Sandman says. He went on to suggest that the study emphasises the need to screen mothers for depression whilst pregnant so that they can be treated before the birth, rather than waiting till afterwards. From the Association for Psychological Science, Nov 2011.

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Many of us use or have considered using the naughty step. We’ve all seen Jo Frost (AKA Supernanny) use it to successfully transform disruptive children’s behaviour, however some experts argue that punishing children (in this, or any way) can be detrimental to a child’s development and can actually cause them to misbehave more.

For The Naughty Step It works! The proof, as they say, is in the pudding, and the naughty step really works. There are countless anecdotal stories regarding the success of this technique to prove its effectiveness. Allows the child to calm down and reflect The naughty step removes the child from the situation that caused the bad behaviour, making it easier for them to calm down. Having this quiet time on their own gives the child a moment to think over what they have done. Jo Frost describes the naughty step as a place of reflection where the child realises they’ve done something wrong. Gives the child a clear consequence for their actions Using the naughty step consistently shows the child that there is a consequence for all their actions and that they will not get away with misbehaviour. This causes them to behave with more respect towards their parents as they learn that there are repercussions for their bad behaviour. Bad behaviour gets no attention Much misbehaviour in young children is caused by a desire for attention. In being removed from what they were doing and being made to sit on their own with no attention and no audience for their behaviour, the child soon learns that misbehaving has the opposite effect from what they intended. Couple this by rewarding good behaviour with your attention, and children soon learn what gets the desired result. Helps the parent to calm down While the step is in use, the parent gets a valuable moment gain some perspective on the situation and calm down themselves. Discipline rarely has positive outcomes when a parent loses their temper.

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Teaches what behaviour is unacceptable Explanation is a key part of this technique which, through repetition, teaches the child that they are being punished because of particular things that they have done. The explanation is very clear so the child soon learns what behaviour is acceptable and what is not. Teaches the values of repentance and forgiveness By requiring the child to say sorry, they learn that it is OK to make a mistake as long as they apologise. The parent also models that it is right to forgive someone who is sorry for something they have done. Is a simple technique The naughty step takes the complexity out of discipline. There is a simple formula that anyone can follow, taking away possible damage caused by parents using a trial and error approach. Summary of the Naughty Step Technique The naughty step technique is a ‘time out’ method used as a punishment when a child misbehaves. In summary, the child is told what it is they did wrong and that their behaviour is unacceptable. The child is warned that if they behave in that way again they’ll be placed on the naughty step. If they misbehave again the child is sat on the naughty step, told why they have been put there and how long they have to stay there (1 minute for each year of age). If the child gets up they are put back there until they stay for the required length of time. They are then told again why you put them there, and asked to apologise. You then give them a kiss and cuddle and go back to what you were doing. Jo Frost suggests a naughty mat is better for the under 3’s so you can keep an eye on your child the whole time.

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Against The Naughty Step Punishing children doesn’t really work The naughty step is a form of punishment and research into the effects of punishment on children has found it to be more of a quick fix as it rarely results in a long term change of behaviour. Distracts children from the real issues Children are likely to focus on how they are personally affected by their rule breaking rather than considering the effects of their behaviour on other people. Use of the naughty step might make a child’s good behaviour dependent on the presence of their parents. Doesn’t get to the root of the problem Using a formulaic approach like this makes parents less likely to consider why their child is misbehaving in the first place. Trying to deal with the underlying cause of the child’s behaviour would be more beneficial to their development and more effective in influencing future behaviour. Builds resentment Young children are desperate to exert their control over their world so are very resentful when it’s taken away. Putting a child on the naughty step makes them resentful which may make them want to misbehave again to seek revenge, or to regain the control that they perceive they have lost. It is inappropriate for under 4s Some experts argue that the Naughty Step shouldn’t be used with children under the age of 3½ to 4 years, as they are not developmentally able to understand what it is all about. Their ability to reason is not sufficiently developed for them to be able to learn from the experience and to therefore behave differently next time. Damages parents’ relationship with their children When children are punished like this it makes it very hard for them to see their parents as caring allies which is vital for a healthy parent/child relationship. They learn that the same people who care for them and comfort them when they’re hurt or upset also sometimes make them miserable on purpose. Since a good parent/child relationship is often a reason why a child chooses to behave well, using the naughty step might actually cause them to misbehave more in the long run. Suggested further reading: Unconditional Parenting, A. Kohn; Positive Discipline: The First Three Years, Nelsen, Erwin & Duffy; Ask Supernanny, Frost.

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Signals that their parents’ love is conditional It’s hard for a child to understand why someone who clearly cares for them would make them suffer sometimes, and they may come to think that they are only loved as long as they do what their parents want of them. This can create insecurity in a child and sends a confusing message about the nature of a loving relationship. It models the abuse of power The naughty step involves a battle of wills, which the parent ultimately wins. Some experts argue that forcing children to undergo something unpleasant to make them behave sends the message that it is OK to use your power to make another person suffer in order to get them to do what you want.

Alternative methods of behaviour management Positive Time Out An opportunity to cool off is beneficial for children when it is done in a positive way. If the time out is treated - and explained - as a way to help your child feel better, rather than as a punishment, then the battle of wills is removed. Encourage your child to go to their time out place of their own volition and perhaps even stay with them whilst they are cooling down. Make their time out place somewhere comfortable and relaxing and involve them in choosing where it should be and what they would like there. Encourage Empathy Try to explain to your child why they should be kind or resist certain temptations, and explain the effects of their behaviour on other people. Use Kind but Firm Discipline. Instead of punishing little ones for their behaviour, simply remove them from what they are doing and show them something else they can do instead. Distraction and redirection are the best strategies for younger children until they are old enough to learn to respect and cooperate with others. Address the Root Cause Try to find out why your child misbehaved in the first place. Dealing with what caused their actions is the best way to prevent it from happening again.

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Musical Together Kenilworth Classes Music Together first started in April 2011 It is a class that is run for 0-5 year olds to help them understand music and have fun at the same time. Marco and Helena who run Music Together are an upbeat and friendly team who work well together. The parents and the children all seem to respond well to them. They are both full of energy which instantly rubs off on both you and your children. On arriving at Music Together the atmosphere automatically made me feel comfortable and my daughter seemed relaxed. We were all given name tags and the first activity that we took part in was to sit in a circle on the floor and sing “Hello” to everyone in the group. This was a nice ice breaker. We went on to sing Incy Wincy Spider and then sang it again adding sound effects, we even sang it in our heads silently while just doing the movements

Little Splashers Swimming Classes My one year old daughter Sienna and I took part in a Little Splashers swimming class at the Odd Fellows Club in Leamington Spa. We were both very impressed. Booking online was simple and once booked, we received a call from Jo, the owner of Little Splashers, which I thought was a nice touch. The pool was lovely and warm and there is plenty of parking – two hour free parking on the surrounding streets or chargeable on-street parking right outside the pool. Our time in the pool was very exciting and educational for both Sienna and me. Karen, the teacher, was lovely - she was so friendly. Karen gave each of the six children in the group individual attention as well as making the group activities fun. During the lesson Karen made me feel more confident about giving Sienna a little more freedom in the water and I learnt a few tricks I will be trying

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and then the sound effects. This was so the children could learn the song in their heads. We slapped our hands on our knees to the beat of songs that we weren’t familiar with - these songs are all available in a book that is given to you when you join so you can learn them at home. When you’re not running or skipping round the room in a circle you can hear Marco playing the guitar, recorder or beating the drum and encouraging the kids to join in. They have many instruments that the children can choose to shake or beat. Before singing “Goodbye” to everyone at the end of the 45 minutes we even had the pleasure of hearing some “Green Sleeves”! Music Together is an enjoyable and educational activity for kids to take part in and I will definitely be going again. The only problem that I encountered was that my daughter did not want to leave. Written by Hayley Sweeney. Music Together classes run in Kenilworth on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. See advert on p. 33 or visit www.musictogetherkenilworth.co.uk for more info. next time I take her swimming again. For example, Karen told me to always turn Sienna around after she jumps in the pool and make her hold onto the side, so if she ever fell in to the water her instincts would be to hold on. It sounds obvious but I hadn’t thought of that! Karen also supervised me swimming whilst holding on to a ‘noodle’ Sienna was floating on. I would never have tried that before as I was scared we would both go under, but with Karen’s help I realised I could do it safely. I was amazed! Sienna was so happy throughout the half hour lesson and you could see that the rest of the children in the class were all comfortable and happy too. I really enjoyed our Little Splashers swimming lesson - the lesson was fantastic and well worth sacrificing a shower for! Held in a small, warm, quiet pool unlike some cold public pools, with a great teacher and friendly parents I would definitely recommend Little Splashers. Written by Chantel Ousbey. Little Splashers baby swimming classes run in Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth and Rugby. Find out more at www.littlesplashers.co.uk. See advert on p.33

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PixiFoto Baby, Child & Family Photographers As a fellow parent, chances are you know just how hard it can be to get a lovely, smiley photo of a child when they are in a new environment, with new people and under pressure to perform. And if you have more than one child, then you will definitely know how hard it is to get a photo of everyone smiling at the same time. So you will understand when I say that, with 3 children under 5 years, we were nervous when we went along to the photo shoot with PixiFoto. Hopefully, we said to each other as we left, the photographer will be a woman. The girls are much better with women. Our photographer for the day was Dale. Most definitely a man. And at first glance he looked quite serious. My heart sank – and then he opened his mouth. Amazingly, the children warmed to him instantly! Blowing raspberries and pulling silly faces, he quickly built rapport with the children.

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Thankfully, Dale moved speedily from one shot set up to the next. PixiFoto’s Friends and Family package gives you a lot of pictures, so we had a lot of poses to run through and we were worried the children would get bored and tired before we were done. We needn’t have worried though – as soon as Dale had taken a picture he was happy with, he moved on and sped through the different shots at a good pace. After about an hour, we were done. The children were tired and hungry so we arranged to return the next morning to pick the shots we wanted. Dale had captured some lovely images and we’re looking forward to hanging them on our walls and giving them to family as presents. Would I recommend them? Absolutely. Whilst the photo session wasn’t as personal as other shoots we have had with independent photographers, PixiFoto are professional, quick and excellent value for money. Written by Tim Freed To find your local PixiFoto studio, visit www.pixifoto.co.uk. See advert on inside back cover for details on their £5 offer for Toddle About readers.

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Expect the best and prepare for the worst Lynne James started working for herself in 1996. Today she has the 7th most successful business within Forever Living Products in the UK, earning a six figure income, whilst working part time and flexibly around her twin sons. ‘There is nothing special about me’, she says and in fact, over the past 15 years she has helped many other people to realise their own success. Here, she shares some of her secrets of success that she usually reserves for her team. During my career with Forever, I have learnt that being a realistic optimist pays dividends. But what does that mean? What has worked for me and the people I have mentored over the last 15 years is to optimistically plan goals and business activities for growth and success and to believe in those goals – ‘expect the best’. However, I highly recommend, from experience, that you have a ‘Plan B’ in place in case some of the planned goals and activities go pear shaped – ‘prepare for the worst’! Always plan with enthusiasm and build in a little bit of ‘stretch’ to your goals – to develop and be successful,

it is important to be prepared to do a little more and work a little harder than is comfortable. Have this as your focus, but also build in a fallback position to ensure that, even if you don’t meet your desired target, your business will be maintained or your goal will still be achievable, even if the time frame has to be altered slightly. When setting goals, it is also important, whilst building in a little bit of ‘stretch’, to be realistic. In my experience, if you are too ambitious and set goals that are unattainable and then you don’t achieve them, it can cause serious de-motivation, a sense of extreme failure and lack of confidence. Although I cannot give any guarantees, by ‘expecting the best and preparing for the worst’ you may just start to see your business goals, personal goals or family goals coming to fruition. To find out more about the unique career opportunities that Forever Living Products offers and how you could work with Lynne James to discover your own financial freedom, call 01295 722525. See Business Mums advert on p. 25

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As the New Year marks another invisible line in the sand for us, a lot of people will be re-assessing their priorities in life, especially in the arena of work. Do you live to work, or work to live? How can we get a better work/life balance? As these questions arise, many people will consider the idea of working for themselves, though very few will take the plunge. And for many, that is exactly the right decision. But for others, they are being held back – by lack of confidence, lack of knowledge, money concerns … the list is endless! When it comes to working for yourself, there are actually a few different ways to do it that will suit people with different levels of confidence or business experience. And believe it or not, there are also ways to get a better work/life balance whilst working for someone else.

1. Start Your Own Business

2. Buy a Franchise

In reality, starting your own business is a lot easier than it may seem at first and there is a lot of support from the government at the moment to help new businesses get going. This option does carry the highest risk of all the options available, but the size of the risk is proportionate to the size of the potential reward. The sky truly is the limit when you set up your own business! Your own business could make and/or sell products, or may simply be you offering your professional services on a freelance basis, rather than as an employee. Starting your own business is perfect if you want to have complete control - from branding to growth strategies, it’s down to you. After a few years, you will have a business to sell, which is the way a lot self-made millionaires make their first million. The main downsides are that it is high risk and you will have a very steep learning curve with little guidance. Start up costs can be high and it is hard work, so not a great option for someone looking for part-time work. Most of the big business names you know such as Richard Branson and Alan Sugar made their millions by setting up and growing their own businesses.

A franchise is still your own business, with the same financial risks as a new start up, except you have a lot more support and guidance. When you buy a franchise, you buy the right to start up a business under the branding of an existing ‘parent’ company. The parent company will typically provide you with a blueprint of how to set up the business, training, on-going support and of course the use of their brand. In return, you will be required to pay the parent company a licence fee to buy the franchise (which may buy you a set period of time only) and typically an on-going percentage of your revenue. This is a great option for someone who wants to set up their own business but doesn’t know where to start. Buying a franchise will allow you to get off to a quicker and more confident start than going it alone, and you always have a mentor to call on who knows your business and how to help it succeed. Choose carefully though - the level of support you get from franchisors varies greatly and licence fees can stunt your growth if they are too large. Always ask an accountant who specialises in franchises to look over a proposition before committing to anything. Famous franchises include McDonalds, KFC, Mamas & Papas, Domino’s Pizza, Blockbuster Video and many more, and there are hundred of smaller franchises available as well.

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3. Network Marketing Network marketing roles go by different names – Independent Consultant, Representative, Party Planner and more. In essence, these roles allow you to sell the products produced by a parent company after buying them at wholesale prices (sometimes on a credit deal, sometimes not). The models for selling differ, and include catalogue drop offs, door-to-door sales, party plans, online selling and others. Yet you are more than just a sales person in these roles. Usually, you will have the chance to recruit other people to the business, and receive a commission payment on their sales as well as your own. In this way you can become a manager and a mentor, helping others to realise their own financial independence. Network Marketing roles are great because they require very little in start up costs, they can be run parttime around your family, they typically have fantastic support and training and often offer incentives such as fancy holidays for top sales people. The main downside is that whilst you are building a business (i.e. your network), you rarely own it – so if you move on, you won’t have a business to sell at the end. Earnings can range from pocket money to six figure sums and are totally dependent on the amount of time and effort you put in.

Examples of Network Marketing Businesses include Phoenix Trading, Forever Living Products, Usborne Books, Avon and The Pampered Chef (see ads p.34-35).

4. Flexible Work If none of the above options sound right for you, then you should know that you can still work as an employee AND enjoy a better work/life balance. All companies are obliged by law to consider requests for flexible working from their employees, so if you really want to work part-time (especially after maternity leave) don’t be afraid to ask your employer. If you think your employer would never go for this, consider asking to trial a part-time or home-working arrangement for a couple of weeks. Employers will often agree to a trial first, as they are not committing themselves. Show them how much more effective it makes you and they may just agree to extending the trial indefinitely. If they still say ‘no’, there are some companies out there who have made flexible working a central part of their employment philosophy, so you can always apply for a job with one of them. For those of you within commuting distance of Northampton, Virtual Sales Team is a good example. In October this year, VST won the Top Employer Award for Talent Attraction because of their outstanding commitment to flexible working.

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Daily Activity Planner: Rugby Area Your local ‘What’s on Guide’ in your area for bumps - 5s and parents

Monday Brownsover Kangas ‘n’ Roos Toddlers Group

Brownsover School, Webb Drive, CV23 0UP 9:00 - 11:00; £1 p/adult; 01788 547660

Parents Stay & Play Session

9:30 - 11:00; Boughton Leigh Children’s Centre, Wetherell Way, CV21 1LT 01788 570347; 50p donation

Church Lawford Tumble Tots

Village Hall, School St, CV23 9EE. 9:30: Gymbabes; 10:30: toddlers; 11:30: 2-3 yrs; 12:45: 3yrs - school Naomi: 07779 785 166; £4.80 each/£24 Term Structured Play for Babies 6 mths school age

Dunchurch Noah’s Ark Parent & Toddler Group

9:15 - 10:45 & 11:00 - 12:30; Dunchurch Baptist Church, Coventry Rd, CV22 6RF; Katie: 01788 842736

Easenhall Little Splashers Classes

Town Thorns hydro pool, CV23 0JE 9:00 - 11:00; For 2mths - 4 yrs Call Jo on 07968 015292 Fun & exciting lessons that teach them to swim

Hillmorton Buggy Walk

Hillmorton Children’s Centre, Watts Lane, CV21 4PE; 9:15 - 11:00 (all weather!); 01788 540588/07826 534648

Long Lawford Stay & Play

Long Lawford Children’s Centre, Holbrook Rd; 9:15 - 11:00; 50p donation: 01788 568554 Health Visitor 9-mth check by invitation only

Newbold Stay & Play: 9:15 - 11:00 Bouncing Babies: 12:45 - 14:15

Newbold Riverside Children’s Centre, Newbold Rd, CV21 1EH; 01788 568554; 50p donation Especially for older children

Rugby (central) Rugby Baptist Church Toddler Group

Rugby Baptist Church, Regent Place, CV21 2JP 10:00 - 11:30; Louise: 07891 069786 Term time only, for 0-5s; £1 per family.

Bumps & Babes Group

13:30 - 15:00: St Andrews Benn School, Chester St, CV21 3NX; 01788 579488 For expectant parents and new babies <1 yr

Ken Marriott Waterbabies

Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, CV22 5LJ Morning & Afternoon Sessions; 4 mths - 5 yrs 01788 535851 Fun, innovative & effective swimming classes.

Tree House Soft Play

9:00 - 19:00; Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, Bruce Williams Way, CV22 5LJ. 01788 535851 Soft play: ball pits, slides, tunnels & zip lines.

Rugby Story Stomp

Rugby Library, Little Elborow St, CV21 3BZ 11:00 - 11:30; 01788 533 250 30-min story time sessions for 2 - 4 yr-olds

Stay & Play

Claremont Children’s Centre, CV21 3LU 9:30 - 11:30 & 13:30 - 15:30 (pm with soft play); 01788 579488; For 2-5 yrs Play indoors & outdoors, soft play and singing

Rokeby Outreach Stay & Play

Claremont Children’s Centre Outreach, Rokeby Primary School, Anderson Ave, CV22 5PE 9:30 - 11:30 (term time only); 01788 579488 For parents and children birth - 5 years.

Easenhall Little Splashers Swimming Sessions

Town Thorns hydro pool, Easenhall, CV23 0JE 9:00 - 11:00; For 2mths - 4 yrs; Call Jo on 07968 015292 Fun & exciting lessons that teach them to swim

Harborough Magna Early Birds Nursery Toddler Group

The Old School, Main Street, CV23 0HS 10:30 - 12:00; 0-3s; £1 entry Diane: 01788 833559 Parents meet up and children play safely.

Hillmorton Gems Toddlers

Hillmorton Community Centre 9:00 - 11:30: 01788 573383 Free toy library between 9:30 & 10:30.

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Sunbeams Toddler Group

Rogers Hall, Deerings Road, Rugby 9:30 - 11:15 (term time only) Tracey: 01788 811341 / Emma: 01788 332960

Toddle Time: 9:15 - 11:00 Cradle Club: 13:30 - 15:00 Weaning Group: 14:00- 15:00 (1st Tues)

Hillmorton Children’s Centre, Watts Lane, CV21 4PE; 01788 540588 or 07826 534648

Long Lawford Stay & Play: 13:30 - 15:00 Bouncing Babies: 13:30 - 15:00

Willenhall, Coventry Little Splashers Swimming Classes

12:10 - 13:40; Baginton Fields School, Sedgemoor Rd, CV3 4EA Call Jo on 07968 015292; For 2mths - 4 yrs Fun & exciting lessons that teach them to swim

Twins or More @ Rugby Methodist Church 10:00 - 11:30; Russelheim Way, CV22 7TB Carolyn: 077733 74883 or Carol: 07801 819525

Tuesday Bilton Bilton Evangelical Toddler Group

Bilton Evangelical Church, Main St, CV22 7NQ 10:00-11:30; Term time; Karen: 01788 817326 Venue changing soon, so please call to check

Braunston Braunston Toddler Group

Braunston Village Hall; 13:30 - 15:00; £1.50; Term time; Andy: 01788 891456; First visit free. Crafts, songs, toys. Health Visitor 2nd Tues.

Brownsover Buggy Walks: Meet at 9:00 Childminder’s Stay & Play: 9:15 - 11:15 Health Visitor Clinic: 13:00 - 14:30 Bumps and Babies: 13:00 - 14:30

Boughton Leigh Children’s Centre, Wetherell Way, CV21 1LT: 01788 570347; 50p donation

Long Lawford Children’s Centre, Holbrook Road; 01788 568554; 50p Activities especially for older children

Lawford Ladybirds

Long Lawford Methodist Church, School Street, CV23 9AT. Anna: 07595 506295 9:30 - 11:30; 50p; 0 - 4s; Term time only. A warm, safe and happy place for all.

New Bilton New Bilton Baby Club

Rugby Christian Life Centre, Lawford Rd 14:00 - 15:00; 01788 547368

Rugby (central) Play & Learn

Claremont Children’s Centre, Claremont Rd, CV21 3LU; 13:30 - 15:00; 01788 579488. For those with English as an additional language.

Outreach Stay & Play

St Andrews Benn School, Chester St, CV21 3NX 9:00 - 11:00 (term time). 01788 579488; For 0-5s. Drop in for indoor & outdoors activities.

Young Parents Stay & Play with H/V

Hill Street Youth Centre, Hill Street, CV21 2NB 10:00 - 11:30: 01788 579488; For under 25 yrs - with Health Visitor

Rainbow Tots

9:15 - 11:30 (term time); Rugby Christian Fellowship, 46/48 Cambridge St, CV21 3NQ Stephanie: 01788 544608; 50p per child over 1 Includes a complimentary breakfast

Childminder’s Network

St Andrews Benn School, Chester St, CV21 10:00 - 11:30 (term time only): 01788 579488; A group for childminders only

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Rugby Area Sunbeams Parent & Toddler Group

Tree House Soft Play

9:00 - 19:00; Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, Bruce Williams Way, CV22 5LJ 01788 535851: Call first to check open Soft play: ball pits, slides, tunnels & zip lines.

Ken Marriott Waterbabies

Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, Bruce Williams Way, CV22 5LJ; For 4 mths to pre-school age. am & pm sessions; 01788 535851 Fun, innovative & effective swimming classes

10:00 - 12:00; Westfield Junior School, Rosemary Way, LE10 0LN Call Jo on 07968 015292; For 2mths - 4 yrs Fun & exciting lessons teaching them to swim

Newbold Stay & Play, Childminders: 9:15 - 11:15 Stay & Play, babies (+ H/V): 12:45 - 14:15

Newbold Riverside Children’s Centre Newbold Rd, CV21 1EH; 01788 568554; 50p donation

Claremont Children’s Centre at St Andrews Benn Primary School, Chester St, CV21 3NX; 9:00 - 11:00 (term time only); 01788 579488; For international families

Wolston Wolston Rhyme Time

Wolston Library, Warwick Rd, CV8 3GX 14:00 - 14:30. alternate weeks; Free 02476 542 513 Free music sessions for 0-2s. Drop in!

Thursday Brandon, Coventry Water Babies Swimming Classes

Homebirth Group (NCT)

Brandon Hall Hotel, Main Street, CV8 3FW 9:30 - 12:00; Tamsin: 01295 709221 Fun, action packed, progressive classes

1st Tues of alternate months, 28 Regent Place 0844 243 6253 - Next on 7th Feb, 3rd April, 5th June and 7th August 2012. Chat about homebirth with midwives, doulas

Brinklow Baby Talk

Brinklow UR Church, Broad St, CV23 0LN. 10:00 - 11:30, £1/£2 donation; Open all year. Sarah: 07930 431610 / Jo: 07984405691 Toys & occasional crafts. Bumps - 5s welcome.

Wolston Tiddlywinks Parent & Toddler Group Wolston Village Hall; 9:15 - 11:15; £1 + 50p per sibling; Play followed by singing session at the end. Only closes two weeks at Xmas.

Brownsover Kangas ‘n’ Roos Toddlers Group Brownsover School, Webb Dr, CV23 0UP 9:00 - 11:00; 50p; 01788 547660

Wednesday

Parents Stay & Play: 13:30 - 15:00 Nurture Programme: 9:15 - 11:15

Bilton Bilton Evangelical Toddler Group

Boughton Leigh Children’s Centre, Wetherell Way, CV21 1LT; 01788 570347; 50p donation

Bilton Evangelical Church, Main St, CV22 7NQ 10:00-11:30; Term time; Karen: 01788 817326 Venue changing soon, so please call to check

Dunchurch Noah’s Ark Parent and Toddler Group

9:45 - 11:30; Dunchurch Baptist Church, Coventry Rd, CV22 6RF; Katie: 01788 842736

Brownsover Twins Plus Group

Dunchurch Rhyme Time

Boughton Leigh Children’s Centre, CV21 1LT 11:00-12:00: 01788 570347; 50p

Teddybears Tots group

Christ Church, Hellvelyn Way, CV21 1JF 9:00 - 11:00; Term time only

Clifton-upon-Dunsmore Clifton upon Dunsmore Toddler Group

Clifton Primary School, Station Rd, CV23 0BT Weekly. £1 entry. 01788 568554. Various activities e.g Baby Massage; Baby Signing, etc.

Dunchurch NCT Coffee

Dunchurch Village Hall; £2 donation 10:00 - 12:00 (Every 1st Wed);Bump - any age 0844 243 6253 - Non members welcome

Hillmorton Health Visitor Clinic: 9:30 - 11:30 Stay and Play: 13:30 - 15:00

Hillmorton Children’s Centre, Watts Lane, CV21 4PE: 01788 540588 or 07826 534648; Drop in for a play session.

St George’s Magic Dragon Group

St Georges Church, St Johns Ave, CV22 5HR 13:30 - 15:00; 0-4s; £1.50; Term time only. Carol: 01788 544630 Crafts, singing, toys, big hall, refreshments.

In the Water

Drop in for EAL Families

Rugby (central) Rugby Rhyme Time

Rugby Library and Information Centre, Little Elborow Street, CV21 3BZ 11:00 - 11:30; 01788 533 250; For 0-2s Free music & singing sessions for all. Drop in!

Stay & Play: 9:30 - 11:30 Little Laces Football Session: 15:30 - 16:00 (£1)

Claremont Children’s Centre, Claremont Rd, CV21 3LU; 01788 579488 For parents and children birth - 5 years

St Maries Little Angels

St Maries Catholic Church, Dunchurch Road 9:15 - 11:30; bumps - 5s; £1 donation Angie: 01788 333271 Lovely group - crafts, singing and lots more.

Tree House Soft Play

Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, CV22 5LJ 9:00-19:00; 01788 535851: Call to check open Soft play: ball pits, slides, tunnels & zip lines.

Ken Marriott Waterbabies

Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, CV22 5LJ Morning & Afternoon Sessions 01788 535851; For 4 mths to pre-school age. Fun, innovative & effective swimming classes

Singing & Signing

Physical Fun

Dunchurch Library, The Green, CV22 6PA. 4th Thursday of the month at 2:15pm; Free. 01788 811 355 Free music sessions for 0-2s. Drop in!

Bumps n Babes

10:30 (on 3rd Thurs): Dunchurch Village Hall 0844 243 6253; £2 donation; Refreshments For expectant & new parents

Hillmorton Rugby URC Baby & Toddler Group

13:30 - 15:00; Rugby United Reformed Church, 40 Hillmorton Road, CV22 5AD Pam: 07732 916412; £1 per family Term time only. Crafts, toys, singing & signing.

Abbey Tots Group

Abbotts Farm Infants School 8:50 - 10:30 (term time only); 01788 543093

Stay and Play: 9:15 - 11:00 Young Parents (under 22s): 13:00-14:30

Hillmorton Children’s Centre, Watts Lane, CV21 4PE; 01788 540588 or 07826 534648 Stay & Play for parents and grandparents only

Long Lawford Walk & Talk

Long Lawford Children’s Centre, Holbrook Road, CV23 9A 9:15 - 11:00; 50p donation: 01788 568554 Refreshments in the hut after the walk

Arts & Crafts

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Daily Activity Planner

Salvation Army, Bennfield Road, CV21 2AS 9:30 - 11:30; Term time; 0-3s; £1 + 50p p/c Major Margaret Bailey: 01788 535436 Friendly group with play, crafts and songs.

Hinckley Little Splashers Swimming Classes


Daily Activity Planner

Rugby Area New Bilton Little Gems Toddler Group

13:15 - 14:45; Rugby Christian Life Centre, Lawford Road, CV21 2JE. 0-5s; 50p each. Debbie: 01788 552227. Crafts, messy play, singing & story time.

Newbold Little Stars Toddler Group

Methodist Church, Main St, CV21 1HH 9.30 am - 11.30am (Term Time); For 0-4s Anna: 07595 506295 Toys, arts & craft. Have a cuppa and a chat.

Stay & Play

Newbold Riverside Children’s Centre, Newbold Road, CV21 1EH 12:45 - 14:15; 01788 568554; 50p donation Especially for older children

Rugby (central) Tiny Tots

Rugby Methodist Church Centre, Russelheim Way, CV22 7TB 9.30 - 11.15; Miriam: 07801 802718; 50p

Baby Massage: 10:00 - 11:00 Breast Feeding Group: 12:00 – 14:00 Health Visitor & Weighing: 13:30 - 15:00 Treasure Baskets for <1s: 13:30 - 15:00

Claremont Children’s Centre, Claremont Rd, CV21 3LU; 01788 579488

Tree House Soft Play

9:00 - 19:00; Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, Bruce Williams Way, CV22 5LJ 01788 535851: Call first to check open Soft play: ball pits, slides, tunnels & zip lines.

Ken Marriott Waterbabies

Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, CV22 5LJ Morning & Afternoon Sessions 01788 535851; For 4 mths to pre-school age. Fun, innovative & effective swimming classes.

Friday Brownsover Toddle and Talk: 9:30 - 11:00 Milk Mates Breastfeeding Support: 12:00 - 14:00

Boughton Leigh Children’s Centre, Wetherell Way, CV21 1LT; 01788 570347

Easenhall Little Splashers Swimming Classes

Town Thorns hydro pool, CV23 0JE 9:00 - 11:00; For 2mths - 4 yrs Call Jo on 07968 015292 Fun & exciting lessons that teach them to swim

Hillmorton Stay and Play

Hillmorton Children’s Centre, Watts Lane, CV21 4PE; 9:15 - 11:00: 01788 540588 / 07826 534648; Drop in; Childminders welcome.

Little Acorns

Hillmorton Paddox Methodist Church, Dunsmore Ave, CV22 5HD 10:00 - 11:30; Miriam: 07801 802718; 50p

Long Lawford Stay & Play Non-Walkers

New Bilton Gardening at the Allotment

Run by Newbold Riverside Children’s Centre at Gladstone Street. Please call for details. 01788 568554; 50p donation

Rokeby Outreach Talk & Play

Rokeby School, Anderson Ave, CV22 5PE 9:30 - 11:30 (term time only); 01788 579488; Drop in for 0 - 5 years. Indoors and outdoors.

Rugby (central) Crafty Fun and Story Time

Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, CV22 5LJ 10:00 - 11:00 (drop in): 01788 535851; £2.70 New mums and tots group in soft play centre.

Little Discoveries

Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Little Elborow Street, CV21 3BZ; 01788 533201; Free 13:30 - 14:30 (Last Friday of Month) Crafts and music activities every week

Introduction to Solids

Claremont Children’s Centre Outreach, Hill Street Youth Centre, CV21 2NB; 12:00-13:00, last Fri of mth. 01788 579488.

Stay & Play Outdoors

At the Allotment on Gladstone Rd, Rugby 9:30 - 11:30; 01788 547368

Little Acorns Baby & Toddler Group

10:00 - 11:30; Paddox Methodist Church, Dunsmore Ave, CV22 6HD Anna: 07758 511442; £1.00 (Term time only) Crafts, toys, cooking, chat and more...

Rugby Rhyme Time

Rugby Library, Little Elborow Street, CV21 3BZ 11:00 - 11:30; 01788 533 250; For 0-2s Free music & singing sessions for all. Drop in!

Tree House Soft Play

9:00 - 19:00; Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, Bruce Williams Way, CV22 5LJ 01788 535851: Call first to check open. Soft play: ball pits, slides, tunnels & zip lines.

Ken Marriott Waterbabies

Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, Bruce Williams Way, CV22 5LJ. 01788 535851 Morning & Afternoon Sessions; 4 mths- 5yrs. Fun, innovative & effective swimming classes

Bumps and Early Days: 13:00 - 15:00

Weekly drop-in session for pregnant couples and new parents with babies up to 6 months.

Make & Bake: 9:30 - 11:30

Claremont Children’s Centre, Claremont Rd, CV21 3LU; 01788 579488. Rugby NCT: 0844 2436253 for Bumps & Early Days; Free

Walsgrave Triangle Little Splashers Swimming Classes

10:30 - 14:30; Hilton Hotel, Coventry, CV2 2ST Call Jo on 07968 015292; For 2mths - 4 yrs Fun & exciting lessons that teach them to swim

Wolston Wolston Story Stomp

Wolston Library, Warwick Road, CV8 3GX 9:30 - 10:00 (2nd & 4th weeks) 02476 542 513; Free 30-min story time sessions for 2 - 4 yr-olds

Saturday Easenhall Little Splashers Swimming Classes

Town Thorns hydro pool, Easenhall, CV23 0JE 9:00 - 13:00; For 2mths - 4 yrs Call Jo on 07968 015292 Fun & exciting lessons that teach them to swim

Hillmorton Saturdads

Hillmorton Children’s Centre, Watts Ln, CV21 4PE; 10:00-12:00: 01788 540588/07826 534648; For dads/male carers and under 5s

Rugby (central) Dad & Children’s Fun Session

Claremont Children’s Centre, Claremont Rd, CV21 3LU; 10:00 - 11:30: 01788 579488 For dads/male carers and their children

Tree House Soft Play

9:00 - 14:00; Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, Bruce Williams Way, CV22 5LJ 01788 535851: Call first to check open Soft play: ball pits, slides, tunnels & zip lines.

Ken Marriott Waterbabies

Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, Bruce Williams Way, Rugby, CV22 5LJ Morning & Afternoon Sessions; 4 mths - 5 yrs 01788 535851 Fun, innovative and effective swimming classes.

Sunday Brownsover Family Fun Sessions

Boughton Leigh Children’s Centre, Wetherell Way, CV21 1LT; 10:30 - 12:00 (Last Sat of each month); 01788 570347; 50p donation

Daventry Little Kickers

Daventry Leisure Centre, Lodge Rd, NN11 4FP 9.15 - 10.00 “Junior Kickers”, 2 - 3½ yrs 10.15 - 11.00 “Mighty Kickers”, 3½-5th B’day 11.10 - 11.55 “Mega Kickers”, 5- 7th birthday Lynne Newbould: 01327 310373; Football classes for 18 months to 6 yrs

Easenhall Little Splashers Swimming Classes

Town Thorns hydro pool, CV23 0JE 9:00 - 12:00; For 2mths - 4 yrs Call Jo on 07968 015292 Fun & exciting lessons that teach them to swim

Hillmorton Rugby URC Baby & Toddler Group

10:00 - 12:00; Rugby United Reformed Church, 40 Hillmorton Road, CV22 5AD Pam: 07732 916412; £1 per family Term time only. Crafts, toys, singing & signing.

Rugby (central) Tree House Soft Play

9:00 - 14:00; Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, Bruce Williams Way, CV22 5LJ 01788 535851: Call 1st to check open Soft play: ball pits, slides, tunnels & zip lines.

Ken Marriott Waterbabies

Long Lawford Children’s Centre, Holbrook Road, CV23 9A 13:30 - 15:00; 50p donation; 01788 568554 With Health Visitor. For non-walking babies

Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, Bruce Williams Way, Rugby, CV22 5LJ Morning & Afternoon Sessions 01788 535851; For 4 mths - preschool Fun, innovative & effective swimming classes

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

Monday

Baby Calm™ Courses

Alveston Sing & Sign

The Malt House, The Rookery, CV37 7QP 9:45 (14/15m+) & 11:00 (6m - 14/15m) 01789 415591; £55 for 10-week term One hour baby signing class

Harbury Harbury Toddler Group

13:45 - 15:15; Lifeways Centre, 30 Albany Rd, CV37 6PG. Call to book: Clair: 07742 317959 4 week Early Postnatal course for new mothers with babies aged 3 - 8 weeks.

Early Pregnancy Antenatal Classes

Rother House Medical Centre, Alcester Rd, CV37 6PP. www.birthandbabyreality.co.uk 18:00 - 20:00, monthly; Helen: 01926 731621 - plse book Free antenatal class.

The Wight School, High Street, CV33 9HW 9:30 - 11:15, open all year (not bank hols). 0-5s; 50p per person; Jenny: 07826 516300. Toys, crafts, in & outdoor play and singing.

Barford Memorial Hall, Church St, CV35 8EN 10:00: Stage 1 (£5.00) & 11:00: Stage 2 (£5.50) Nikki: 07890 241301; £5 (Stage 1) and £5.50 (Stage 2). Talk, Share & Play: Grow in Every Way!

Bishops Itchington Bishops Messy Hour

Bump Info Evening

19:30 - 21:30; The Greaves Club, Fisher Road Monthly; Call Bronwyn for info: 07817 456 379

Kineton Village Hall , Mill Ln, CV35 0LA. 9:30-11:00 (term time); 50p /person. Ali Laland-Villemin: 01926 641913

Lighthorne Heath Baby Play (6-18 mths): 9:30-

Lighthorne Heath Lighthorne Heath Children’s Centre

11:00 Bumps to Babies (bump – 6 m): 9:30 - 11:00 Lighthorne Heath Childrens’ Centre, Stratford Road, CV33 9TW; 01926 691105 50p per family. Fun Stay and Play Session.

Stay and Play Session in Crèche area. Baby weighing & advice with Health Visitor Stratford Road, Lighthorne Heath, CV33 9TW. Drop in groups; 01926 691105

Snitterfield Snitterfield Rag Tag Toddler Group

Ratley Ratley Toddler Group

14:00 - 1:00; Ratley Village Hall; 01926 691105

Snitterfield Village Hall, Bearley Rd, CV37 0JH 10:00 - 11:45; £1.50 plus 50p per child Hilary: 01789 731246; For 0 - 4s. Run by parents for parents & their little ones.

Shottery Sing & Sign

Our Lady of Peace, Church Lne, CV37 9HQ 9:45 & 11:00 (6m - 14/15m) 01789 415591; £55 for 10-week term One hour baby signing class

Southam Childminders Group: 10:30-12:00 Twins & Multiple Group: 10:0011:30 (twice monthly), 9th & 23rd Jan, 6th & 20th Feb, 5th & 19th Mar Southam Children’s Centre, St James Road, CV47 0LY; : 01926 814593

Southam Bumps and Babies Group

Run by Southam NCT, St Wulstan’s Hall, Wood Street, CV47 1PP 9.45-11.15; 0844 243 0008; £1 donation Open to all parents-to-be and those with non-mobile babies

Baby Time

13:15 - 14:45; Southam Children’s Centre, St James Road, CV47 0LY; 01926 814593

Clown In Around Toddler Group

Unit 4A, Colbalt Centre, Kineton Rd, CV47 0FD. 10:00 - 11:30; £3.00; Anita: 01926 810495 Includes tea/coffee for parents squash and biscuits for the children. Term time only

Southam Tots Swimming Lessons

Southam Leisure Centre, Welsh Road West, CV47 0JW; 01926 817788 11:30: 5 - 18 mths, 11:30: 3 yrs+ Swimming lessons for 5 mths - 5 years

Shottery Memorial Hall, CV37 9BL 10:30: walking – 2yrs; 11:30: 2 – 3yrs; 13:15: 3 yrs - school Georgina: 01926 337800; £5.50 per session Structured Play for 6 months up to school age

In the Water

Barford Dandy Development

Run by Southam CC at Early Years Centre; 13:30 - 14:30; 01926 814593; £1 per family

Kineton Kineton Parent & Toddler Group

Stratford-upon-Avon Tumble Tots

£4.00 per family. Simone: 07921 460086 Runs fortnightly - in holidays too.

Monkey Music

Stratford Leisure Centre, Bridgefoot, CV37 6YY 10.00 – 12:00 (split by age groups) Claire: 01789 415526; Complimentary trial classes available

Baby Sensory Class

Bishopton Community Centre, Drayton Avenue, CV37 9PB. 10:00 - 11:00; Gemma: 07989 502712 .Free trial sessions. Award-winning Baby Development class.

Tuesday Banbury Twins and Multiples Group

10:00 - 13:00; Hanwell fields Community Centre, Rotary Way, OX16 1ER; For 0 - 5s;

Singing & Signing

Physical Fun

Clown In Around Toddler Group

Clown In Around, Kineton Road, CV47 0FD 13:30 - 15:00; £3.00; Anita: 01926 810495 Includes refreshments. Term time only

Southam Tots Swimming Lessons

Southam Leisure Centre, Welsh Road West, CV47 0JW; 01926 817788 10:00: 5 - 18m; 10:00 & 10:30: 3 yrs+; 10:30: 19 - 36m

Southam Rhyme Time

Southam Library, High Street, CV47 0HB 11:00 - 11:30, twice monthly; 01926 812 523 Free music / singing sessions for 0-2s. Drop in!

Childminders Pop In and Play

Southam Children’s Centre, St James Road, CV47 0LY; 13:30 - 15:00: 01926 814593

Arts & Crafts

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Daily Activity Planner: Southam & Stratford


Daily Activity Planner

Southam & Stratford Region Stratford-upon-Avon Go 4 Goals

Welcombe Hills School, Blue Cap Rd, CV37 6TQ 17:30 - 18:30 (4 to 11yrs); Term time only. Jason: 07747 562469 Football coaching classes for little & big ones.

Mums, Bumps & Babies Group

Ken Kennett Centre, Justins Ave, CV37 0DA 10:30 - 12:00, term tim only; bump - 1 yr; Free coffee morning. Vic Bean: 0844 2436284 Talk about concerns & meet other mums.

Stratford-upon-Avon Rhyme Time

Stratford upon Avon Library, CV37 6PZ 11:00 - 11:30, fortnightly: 01789 292 209 Free music & singing sessions for 0-2s. Drop in!

Temple Herdewyke Temple Herdewyke Stay and Play

Temple Herdewyke Primary School 10:30 - 11:30; 0-5s; 50p; Term time only. Kerry: 01926 641084 Stay and play session held in the school hall

Wellesbourne Rhythm Time

Methodist Church Hall, Bridge St, CV35 9OP 9.30 -10.40 Split by age group, for 0-3 years Sue: 01926 886995; £4.15 per class Inc free Baby Book or CD. Free Taster Sessions

Wednesday Bishop’s Itchington Homebirth Group

Early Years Centre, Poplar Road, CV47 2RT 19:30 - 21:00 (2nd Feb). Helen: 01926 612068 Informal meeting with info on homebirths

Baby Clinic with H/V

Run by Southam CC at Early Years Centre; 13:30 - 14:45 (1st & 3rd Wed): 01926 814593

Fenny Compton Fenny Compton Toddler Group

Fenny Compton Village Hall, Memorial Road 10:00 - 12:00 (monthly); £1.50; 01926 814953

Kineton Kineton Parent & Toddler Group

Kineton Village Hall , Mill Lane, CV35 0LA 9:30 - 11:00 (all year); 50p per person Ali Laland-Villemin: 01926 641913

Lighthorne Heath Tots Time: 9:30 - 11:00

Lighthorne Heath Childrens’ Centre, Stratford Road, CV33 9TW; 01926 691105. 50p per family. For 18mths - 5 yrs; Fun play sessions held in our Crèche area

Long Itchington Long Itchington Baby & Toddler Group

Long Itchington School, Stockton Rd, CV47 9QP. 9:30 - 11:00 (term time only); £1.50 Nikki: 01926 810592 Tea & coffee, crafts, healthy snacks & songtime

Priors Marston Priors Marston Parents & Toddlers

Priors Village Hall, Priors Marston, CV47 7RP 9:30 - 11:30; 0 - 4s; £1.00 per child Very relaxed group - toys, crafts and singing.

Southam Stay & Play

9:30 - 11:00: Southam Children’s Centre, St James Road, CV47 0LY; 01926 814593

Clown In Around Toddler Group

10:00 - 11:30; Clown In Around, Kineton Road, CV47 0FD; £3.00; Anita: 01926 810495 Includes refreshments. Term time only

Southam Tots Swimming Lessons

Southam Leisure Centre, Welsh Road West, Southam, CV47 0JW; 01926 817788; 13:30 & 14:00: 3 yrs+ Swimming lessons for 5 mths - 5 years

NCT Breastfeeding Support Cafe

10:30 - 12:00; Southam Children’s Ctre, St James Rd, CV47 0LY: 0844 243 0008 Free drop in! Meet mums and get support

Stockton Baby Clinic with H/V

Early Years Hub, Stockton; 9:00 - 10:30 (mthly); 01926 814593. 18th Jan & 22nd Feb

Stratford-Upon-Avon Stratford Story Stomp

Stratford Library, 12 Henley Street, CV37 6PZ 11:00 - 11:30 (4th wk of mth); 01789 292209; Free 30-min story time sessions for 2 - 4 yr-olds

Wellesbourne Wellesbourne Story Stomp

Wellesbourne Library, Kineton Rd, CV35 9NF 10:00-10:30 (2nd & 4th wks); 01789 840528; Free30-min story time sessions for 2-4 yr-olds

Thursday Bishop’s Itchington Bishops Itchington Toddler Group

Memorial Hall, Fisher Road, CV47 2RE 10:00 - 11:30; 0-3s; £1.50 per family; Closed xmas - NY & August. Helen: 01926 614241 Play time for children & chat time for adults.

Lighthorne Heath Tots & Tiddlers

Lighthorne Heath Village Hall 9:30 - 11:00; 01926 691105. 50p per family.

Napton Baby Sign with Music & Movement

Run by Southam CC at Victory Club 14:00 - 14:45: 01926 814593; £1 donation

Southam Musical abc

The Grange Hall, Coventry Road, CV47 1QA 10- 10.30 & 10.45 - 11.15 Anne: 07876 518770. Pre-book Trials. Music classes from Birth to 5 years

Creative Kids

Southam Children’s Centre, St James Rd, CV47 0LY; 15:30 - 16:30; 01926 814593; £1 per family

Southam Tots Swimming Lessons

Southam Leisure Centre, Welsh Road West, CV47 0JW; 01926 817788 13:30 & 14:00: 5 mths - 5 years

Southam Church Toddler Group

Graham Adams Centre, St. James Rd, CV47 0QB; 10:00 - 11:30; 0 - 3s; 80p per session Marian: 01926 814483 Term time only. All are welcome!

Stratford-upon-Avon Monkey Music

Alveston Malt House, Alveston Vill., CV37 7QX 9:40 - 14:10 (split by age group); Claire: 01789 415526; Complimentary trial classes available

Rhythm Time

St Peter’s Mission, Manor Rd, CV37 7EA 9.30 - 12.00; Split by age group, for 0-5s Sue: 01926 886995; £4.15 per class Inc free Baby Book or CD. Free Taster Sessions

Friday Southam Southam Tots Swimming Lessons

Southam Leisure Centre, Welsh Road West, CV47 0JW; 01926 817788 11:30: Parent & Baby 5-18m & 19-36m; 13:30, 14:00 & 14:30: 3 yrs+ Swimming lessons for 5 mths - 5 years

Messy Play

Southam Children’s Centre, St James Road, CV47 0LY; 9:30 - 11:00; 01926 814593; £1

Stockton Toddlersaurs

Stockton Village Hall , Napton Road, CV47 8JX 10:00 - 11:30; 0-4s; £1.50 plus 50p per person Emma: 01926 814687; Term and holidays New activity every week. H/V on 1st Fri of mth.

Stratford-upon-Avon Rhythm Time

St Peter’s Mission, Manor Rd, CV37 7EA 9.30 - 12.00; Split by age group, for 0-5s Sue: 01926 886995; £4.15 per class Inc free Baby Book or CD. Free Taster Sessions

Poplar Parenting

Stratford CV37 9SA 10.30-12.30; Victoria: 01789 415822 5 week Positive Parenting courses & workshops

Wellesbourne Wellesbourne Rhyme Time

Wellesbourne Library, Kineton Road, CV35 9NF 10:00 - 10:30 (1st & 3rd wks); 01789 840528; Free singing sessions for 0-2s. Just drop in!

Saturday Bishops Itchington Together Time

Run by Southam Children’s Centre, Early Years Centre, Poplar Road, Bishops Itchington; 10:00 - 11:30 (fortnightly); 01926 814953; For 0–4s; Toys, crafts and other activities.

Daventry Little Kickers

Daventry Leisure Centre, Lodge Rd, NN11 4FP 9.15 - 11:55, 2 - 7th birthday Lynne Newbould: 01327 310373; Football classes for 18 months to 6 yrs

Southam LWAD Pre-School Dance Classes

The Graham Adams Centre, St James Road, CV47 0LY 9:00 - 9:45; 01926 887780

Stratford-upon-Avon Monkey Music

Alveston Malt House, Alveston Vill., CV37 7QX 9:40 - 11:40– split by age group Claire: 01789 415526; Complimentary trial classes available

Sunday Southam Little Laces Football Cl asses

The Grange Hall, Coventry Road, CV47 1QA 11:00 - 12:00; Call CJ: 07772 873271 Bitesize 35-minute football sessions for 2-5 yrs

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

Monday

Pregnancy Yoga (Yogaworks)

The Space Upstairs, Spencer Yard, CV31 3SY; 18:30-20:00; Belinda: 07981 769920 Prepare yourself for the birth of your baby

Cubbington Musical abc

Cubbington Village Hall, Broadway, CV32 7JX 9.45 - 10.35, 10.45 - 11.35 & 11.45 - 12.35 Anne: 07876 518770. Trials must be prebooked; Music classes for birth - 5 yrs.

Emscote Little Saints

The Polish Centre, 54 High St, CV31 1LW; 01926 887780

Rhythm Time

All Saints Church, Vicarage Green, CV34 5NJ 9:30 - 11:00; Free / donations. 01926 492073 Activities and sing-song sessions

Kenilworth Club Futsal

St Mark’s Church, Rugby Rd, CV32 6DL 9.30 - 11.20 Split by age group, for 0-3 yrs Sue: 01926 886995; £4.15 per class Inc free Baby Book or CD. Free Taster Sessions

Early Pregnancy Antenatal Classes

Meadowhall Sports Hall, Kenilworth School, Leyes Lane, CV8 2DA; 17:00 - 18:00; Paul: 07745 565745 Futsal football classes for children for 2.5 yrs+

The Spring Playgroup Toddler Group

Kenilworth Youth Centre, Abbey End, CV8 1QJ 9:30 - 11:45 (Term time only); 0 - preschool age; £1.50 per family; Jackie: 01926 864443 All families welcome, refreshments available.

Leamington Spa (central) Yogaworks Classes Pregnancy Yoga: 10:00 - 11:30 Mother & Baby Yoga: 12:00 - 13:30

Stonemonkey Yoga Studio, 22 Binswood St, CV32 5RN; Belinda: 07981 769920 Perfect for pregnanct and new mums

In the Water

LWAD Dance Classes Pre-School Dance Class: 13:30 - 14:15 Baby Ballet Class: 14:15 - 14:45

Leamington Spa Baptist Church, Chandos St, CV32 4RN. 19:00 - 21:00, monthly; For bumps Helen: 01926 731621 - booking required Free antenatal class for early pregnancy.

ELC Playtime

Mothercare, Shires Retail Park, CV34 6RH 10:00 - 12:00; Drop in to play with ELC toys!

Tiddlywinks

St Paul’s Church Hall, Leicester St, CV32 4TE 9:45 - 11:30; 0-5s; Danielle: 01926 427149 Currently at full capacity - have a waiting list.

Leamington Spa (Heathcote) Sing & Sign

Busy Bees Nursery, Macbeth Approach, Gallagher Business Park, CV34 6AD 9:45 (6m - 14/15m) & 11:00 (14/15m+)

Singing & Signing

Physical Fun

01789 415591; £55 for 10-week term One hour baby signing class

Leamington Spa (Lillington) Cookie Tots

The Octagon, Vicarage Road, CV32 7RH 14:00 - 14:45; Charlotte: 07506 034899; £5.00 Music, games & activities based around food and cooking. Free trial available.

Monkey Music

The Octagon, St Mary Magdalene’s, CV32 7RH 9:40 - 12:20 (split by age group) Claire: 01789 415526 Complimentary trial classes available

Leamington Spa (Kingsway) Play and Chat Drop In

Kingsway Children’s Centre, Baker Ave, CV31 3HB; 10:00 - 11:30; 01926 336793

Warwick Monkey Music

St Mary Immaculate, West St, CV34 6AB 13:30 - 15:40 (split by age group); Claire: 01789 415526. Complimentary trial classes available

Sing & Sign

St Mary Immaculate Hall, 45 West St, CV34 6AB; 9:45 (14/15m+) & 11:00 (6m - 14/15m) 01789 415591; £55 for 10-week term One hour baby signing class

Little Fishes Baby and Toddler Group

St Paul’s Church, Friar St, Warwick. 10:00 - 11:30; 0-4s; £1 per family; Term time Craft, lego or playdough, toys, snack & singing

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Warwick, Leamington & Kenilworth Tiddlers Mother and Baby Group

Water Babies Swimming Classes

Creative Stay & Play

Baby Calm™

Castle Hill Baptist Church, CV34 4EX 10:00 - 12:00; bump - 1 yr; 50p; Term time Liz: 01926 400368; Drinks & friendship. 9:30 - 11:00; Warwick Children’s Centre, Coventry Rd, CV34 4LJ; 01926 492701; 6m-5 yrs; Explore and learn with messy play. ‘Wellie Walk’ at 10:00 a.m. in the park.

Thorns School, Blackthorn Rd, CV8 2DS 10:00 - 12:30; Tamsin: 01295 709221 Fun, action packed, progressive classes 11:45 - 13:15; Parochial Hall, High St. CV8 1LZ. Booking essential - Clair: 07742 317959. For babies 3-8 weeks. 4 week Early Postnatal course for new mums.

Warwick (Hatton Park) Krystle Jayne’s Dance Academy

Warwick (central) Warwick Story Stomp

Warwick Library, Barrack Street, CV34 4TH; 11:30 - 12:00 (fortnightly); 01926 412189; Free. 30-min story time sessions for 2 - 4 yr-olds

Hatton Park Village Hall, Barcheston Drive, CV35 7TR. 9.30 - 12.00 Split by age group, for 0-5s Sue: 01926 886995; £4.15 per class Inc free Baby Book or CD. Free Tasters.

Warwick Children’s Centre Tiny Talkers (6m–5yrs): 9:30–11:30 Develop communication skills. Wellie Walk at 10:00 in Priory Park

Lunch Bunch: 11:30 - 12:45. Tiny Treasures (0-18m): 12:4514:30

Sensory toys and activities for babies to enjoy. Coventry Rd, Warwick, CV34 4LJ; 01926 492701

Tuesday

Home Birth Group

Baginton Baginton Parent & Toddler Group

The Quaker Centre, 39 High Street, CV34 4AX; 1st Tues of Month, alternate months; For bumps; free; 07771 586095

Baginton Village Hall, Frances Road, CV8 3AB; 10:00 - 11:30; 0-5s; £1.50 or 50p for babies + £1 for siblings 12 mths+; Vicky: 024 7630 6869 Term time. Crafts, sing along & snack

Tiddlers Mother and Baby Group Castle Hill Baptist Church, Castle Hill, CV34 4EX; 10:00 - 12:00; bump - 1 yr; 50p; Term time; Liz: 01926 400368; Breastfeeding counsellor.

Whitnash Briar Bunnies Toddler Group

Emscote Emscote Toddler Group

Warwick Gates Community Hall, CV34 6DZ 9:30: walking - 2 yrs; 10:30: 2-3 yrs; 11:30: Gymbabes; 13:00: 3 yrs to school; Georgina: 01926 337800; Structured Play for 6 months up to school age. £5.50 per session

Kenilworth Music Together Kenilworth

10:00-10:45; Room 3, Kenilworth Methodist Church Hall, Priory Road, CV8 1LQ. Helena: 07503 906468 Free trial offer in centre pages

Rhythm Time

Youth and Community Centre, Abbey End Car Park, CV8 1QJ 10.10 - 12:00, Split by age group, for 0-5s Sue: 01926 886995; £4.15 per class Inc free Baby Book or CD. Free Taster Sessions

Mini Messy Play: 10:00 - 11:30 Cradle Club: 10:00 - 11:30

St Johns Children’s Centre, Mortimer Road, CV8 1FS; 10:00 - 11:30; 01926 856397; £1 voluntary contribution. Just drop in

The Octagon, St Mary Magdalene Church, Vicarage Rd, off Cubbington Rd, CV32 7RH 9.30 - 11:20 Split by age group, for 0-3s Sue: 01926 886995; £4.15 per class Inc free baby book or CD. Free Taster Sessions

Radford Semele Baptist Church, Lewis Road, CV31 1UQ; 10:00 - 12:00; Katherine: 01926 833243. New members always welcome!

Rhythm Time

Heathcote Tumble Tots

Leamington Spa (Lillington) Rhythm Time

Radford Semele Radford Rascals

Hatton Park Village Hall, Barcheston Drive, CV35 7TR; Krystle: 07791 852891 17:00 - 17:30: Baby Ballet (1.5yrs+) 17:30 - 18:15: Pre-Primary & Primary Ballet & Tap; Dance classes for children 2.5 yrs+.

All Saints Church, Vicarage Green, All Saints Rd, CV34 5NJ; Kate: 01926 403503; 9:30-11:00; 0-4s; £1 + 50p per sibling. Toys, crafts & baby area.

3HB. Rachel: 01926 336793; A range of toys and activities available

Hod Carrier, Coppice Road, CV31 2LT 10:00 - 11:30; Debbie: 01926 311474; £1

Whitnash Rhyme Time

Leamington Spa (central) Little Splashers Swimming Classes

Oddfellows, Warwick St, Leamington, CV32 5LD. 12:30 - 15:00; For 2mths - 4 yrs Call Jo on 07968 015292 Fun & exciting lessons teaching them to swim.

Baby Sensory Class

Dale Street Methodist Church, CV32 5HL. 10:00 - 11:00 & 11:30 - 12:30; Gemma: 07989 502712. Free trials. Award winning Baby Development class.

Breastfeeding Group

Sure Start Shop, Clemens St 13:00 - 14:30: 01926 337506

Nappuccino

The Cotton Nappy Company, 41 Russell St, CV32 5QB; 10:30 - 12:00; Anna: 01926 430000 Coffee morning/free demo of cloth nappies

Tiddlywinks

St Paul’s Church Hall, Leicester St, CV32 4TE 9:45 - 11:30; 0-3s; Church Office: 01926 427149. New visitors always welcome.

Leamington Spa (Kingsway) Stepping Stones (additional needs): 9:30 - 11:00 Play Together: 13:00 - 14:30 Breastfeeding Drop in: 13:00 - 14:30

Kingsway Children’s Centre, Baker Ave, CV31

Whitnash Library, Franklin Road, CV31 2JH; 01926 421 464; 11:15 - 11:45, 4th wk of mth Free music & singing sessions for 0-2s. Drop in!

Wednesday Coventry (Balsall Common) Baby Calm™ Course

St. Peter’s Hall, Holly Lane, CV7 7EA. 12:45 - 14:15. Clair Hobbs: 01926 854443 4 week Postnatal course for babies 3 - 8wks.

Kenilworth Little Crackers Toddler Group

Crackley Hall School, Coventry Road, CV8 2FT 10:00 - 11:30; 0-5s; £2 per family; Term time 01926 514444; Please call to check term dates

Musical abc

Kenilworth Wardens, Glasshouse Ln, CV8 2AL 9.30 - 10.20, 10.30 - 11.20 & 11.30 - 12.20 Anne: 07876 518770: Please pre-book trials. Music classes for birth to 5 yrs.

Breastfeeding Drop in: 10:30 - 11:30 (free) Drop-in Baby Clinic: 10:00 - 11:30 (free) Stay & Play: 9:00, 10.15 & 13.45 (£2) Baby Music: 12:00 (£2 donation) Kenilworth Children’s Centre, Bertie Road, CV8 1JP. Tel: 01926 853394. Breastfeeding and baby clinic run fortnightly.

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Weekly sessions in Leamington Beginners welcome i Booking essential

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Fun music classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Call Sue on 01926 886995 www.rhythmtime.net

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Warwick, Leamington & Kenilworth Baby & Child Health drop in Childminders Stay & Play Twins and More

Jack and Jill Toddler Group

Baptist Church Hall, Gerrard Street, CV34 4HD 10:00 - 11:30 (closed over Christmas); 0-4s Sue: 01926 499561; £1 per family Busy group. Garden, baby area, crafts, singing.

All above at 10:00 - 11:30 (fortnightly)

Let’s Get Physical: 13:30 - 15:00

St Johns Children’s Centre, Mortimer Rd, CV8 1FS; 01926 856397 £1 voluntary contribution for most sessions

Leamington Spa (central) LWAD Dance Classes Danceaway Class (18m-3yrs): 10:30 - 11:00 Pre-School Dance: 13:30 - 14:15

The Space Upstairs, North Hall, Spencer Yard, CV31 3SY 19:30 - 21:00; Belinda: 07981 769920 Prepare yourself for the birth of your baby

Rhythm Time

St Mark’s Church, Rugby Rd, CV32 6DL. 9.30 - 12.00 Split by age group, for 0-5s Sue: 01926 886995; £4.15 per class Inc free Baby Book or CD. Free Taster Sessions

Arty Tots

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Little Splashers Swimming Classes

Chesford Grange, CV8 2LD 12:00 - 14:00; Jo: 07968 015292; Fun & exciting lessons that teach them to swim

Tumble Tots

Castle Farm Sports Hall, CV8 1EY 9:15: Gymbabes; 10:15: walking – 2yrs; 11:15: 2 – 3yrs; 13:00: 3 yrs - school Georgina: 01926 337800; £5.50 /session Structured Play for 6 months up to school age

Monkey Music

Kenilworth Youth Centre, Abbey End, CV8 1QJ 9:40 - 11:40 (split by age group); Claire: 01789 415526; Complimentary trial classes available

Buggy Breakfast

Phone or email to book your FREE trial! Anne 07876 518770 e: anne@musicalabc.net

www.musicalabc.net

St. John’s Church Hall, Warwick Rd, CV8 1HY; 10:00 - 11:30; £1 per family; 01926 853203 or Kate: 01926 779159

Leamington Spa (Central) Mother & Baby Yoga (Yogaworks)

Stonemonkey Yoga Studio and Cafe, 22 Binswood St, CV32 5RN 10:00 - 11:30 (3-4 mths - crawling); 12:00 - 13:30 (newborn - 3-4 mths) Belinda: 07981 769920 Stretch, tone & relax while baby has fun

Nurturing BabyCalmTM unique, small group courses and 1-to-1 sessions Nurturing Baby Massage small groups courses and 1-to-1s at home

www.FamilyNurturing.org.uk

Little Splashers Swimming Classes

Covering Kenilworth, Leamington, Warwick, Stratford & Balsall Common

Leamington Spa (Kingsway) Just 4 U (Young Parents): 13:30 - 15:00 Baby Clinic: 9:15 - 10:45 Kingsway Children’s Centre, Baker Ave, CV31 3HB; 01926 336793

Offchurch Dandy Development

9:45 - 10:30: Offchurch Tots Group, Offchurch Village Hall, School Hill, CV33 9AL Nikki: 07890 241301; £5.00 (inc. Tots Group fee). Drop in, though spaces limited. Talk, Share and Play; Grow in Every Way!

Spinney Hill (Warwick) Babies Group (0 - 18mths): 13:00 - 14:30

Babies learn and explore with all their senses. Stay & Play Drop In (0-5yrs): 9:30 - 11:00 Open play session with planned activities. The GAP Comm. Centre, Oakwood Grove, CV34 5TD; 01926 494200

Warwick (central) Childminders Group: 12:45-14:30 (mthly)

Warwick Children’s Centre, Coventry Rd, CV34 4LJ; 01926 492701

Westgate Children’s Centre, Bowling Green St 10:30 - 12:00: 01926 490629

Call 07742 317959 Email info@FamilyNurturing.org.uk Warwick Children’s Ctre, Coventry Rd, CV34 4LJ; 10:00-11:30 (2nd & 4th wed); 01926 492701

Aqua Babies Swimming Lessons

St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre, CV34 4QY 11:30-12:00 (4 m-2yrs) & 12:00-12:30 (2-4 yrs) 01926 495353 - please book Swimming lessons for little ones. Term time.

The Yummy Mummy’s Club

St Pauls Church Hall, Friars St, CV34 6HD 14:00 - 15:30; bump - 10 mths; Jayne: 0773 8294082. Group of mums-to-be & new mums.

Thursday Burton Green Burton Green Parent & Toddler Group Village Hall, Hodgetts Ln, CV8 1PJ; Term time 10:00 - 12:00; £1.50; Sonal: 07779 682771 Everybody welcome! Please call first.

Coventry Warwickshire Attached Parents

Earlsdon Community Library, Earlsdon Avenue North, CV5 6FZ; 13:00 - 15:00 (term time & holidays); Janet: 07519 665692; Free free meetup group for AP/natural parents

St Johns Children’s Centre, Mortimer Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1FS; 9:00 - 10:00: 01926 856397; £1 voluntary contribution All year round inc. holidays. Just drop in

St Johns Toddler Group

How to Build a Stronger Relationship With Your Baby

Tiny Stars

Breastfeeding Group

Chesford Grange, CV8 2LD; 12:00 - 12:45; Jo: 07968 015292; Pre- and Postnatal aqua yoga

Fun, Sensory and LIVE Music Classes From Birth to 5 years

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. 11:00 -12:00 first Wed of mth; 01926 742700; free; 0–5s Encourage a child’s imagination and creativity. Leamington Spa Baptist Church, Chandos St, CV32 4RN; 01926 336650; 13:30-15:00; 0 - 2 years nine months; £1. Welcoming group - lovely atmosphere

St Nicholas Church St (enter at back), CV34 4JD 10:00 - 11:30; 0-5s; £1 per family; Term time. Mrs Hodkin: 01926 312593 Static play upstairs & run around toys down.

Health Visitor Drop In Clinic

The Polish Centre, 54 High St, CV31 1LW; 01926 887780 Dance classes for children from 18 mths

Pregnancy Yoga (Yogaworks)

St Nicholas Church Toddler Group

Kenilworth Aqua Tums

Oddfellows, Warwick St, Leamington, CV32 5LD; 9:30-12:00; For 2mths - 4 yrs; Call Jo on 07968 015292 Fun & exciting lessons teaching them to swim.

Little Splashers Swimming Classes

Castel Froma Hydro Pool, Lillington Rd, CV32 6LL; 13:30 - 15:30; Jo: Call Jo on 07968 015292 Fun & exciting lessons that teach them to swim

Sing & Sign

The Dormer Conference Centre, 3A Dormer Place, CV32 5AA; 9:45 & 11:00 (6m - 14/15m) 01789 415591; £55 for 10-week term One hour baby signing class

Monkey Music

Dale St. Church Centre, CV32 5HL; 13:40 - 15:40 (split by age group); Claire: 01789 415526; Complimentary trial classes available

NCT & St Mark’s Kaleidoscope

St Mark’s Church Rooms, Rugby Rd, CV32 6DL. 14:00 - 15:30: Bumps & Babies Group plus Stay n Play Toddler Group in hall (£1 per family) and Breastfeeding Drop In (free) Alex: 0844 243 6314. Suitable for bump, babies & beyond.

Leamington Spa (Kingsway) Baby Zone

Kingsway Children’s Centre, Baker Ave, CV31 3HB; 10:00 - 12:00; Rachel: 01926 336793; Free drop in to enjoy baby-friendly resources

Leek Wootton Leek Wootton Baby & Toddler Group

Village Hall, Warwick Rd, CV35 7RB; 10:0011:30; £1.50+50p p/c; Toys, painting, singing.

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exciting dance classes for toddlers Danceaway

Pre-school Dance

Wednesday 10:30-11:00am, the Polish Centre, leamington spa CV31 1lW

Warwick Gates Community Centre saturday 9-9:30am

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Polish Centre, leamington spa Monday 1:30-2:15pm Monday 2:15-2:45pm NEW Baby Ballet ages 2-3yrs Wednesday 1:30-2:15pm Woodloes Primary school saturday 9-9:30am NEW Baby Bounce ages 2-3yrs Graham adams Centre, southam saturday 9:00-9:45am

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sYDni Centre, sydenham saturday 12:30-1:00pm

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Warwick, Leamington & Kenilworth Warwick (central) Rhythm Time

Emmanuel Toddler Group

All Saints Church Hall, All Saints Rd, off Emscote Rd, CV34 5NJ 9.30 - 11.20 Split by age group, for 0-5s Sue: 01926 886995; £4.15 per class Inc free Baby Book or CD. Free Taster Sessions

Dandy Development

Girls Marching Band Headquarters, Hampton Rd, CV34 6JP; Stage 1: 10.00-10.40; Stage 2: 11.0011.50; Nikki: 07890 241301; £5.00/£5.50 Talk, Share and Play; Grow in Every Way!

Emmanuel Evangelical Church, Heath Terrace, CV32 5LY. Anna: 01926 424584 10:00 - 11:30; 0-4s; £1; Term time only For Mums who live in and around the area

Les Rainettes

37 Rosewood Crescent, CV32 7UN 10:00 - 11:30; Free; Marie: 07918 110656 Practise your french over a cup of coffee.

10:00 - 14:00; 01926 492701; £3 per year membership and free toy hire

Aqua Babies Swimming Lessons

St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre 11:30 - 12:00 (4m-2yrs) & 12:00 - 12:30 (24yrs). 01926 495353 - book Swimming lessons for littlies. Term time.

Toy Library

Warwick Children’s Centre, CV34 4LJ 10:00 - 12:00; 01926 492701; Birth - 8 yrs £3 p/yr membership & free toy hire

Parents & Babies Swim

St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre, CV34 11:30 - 12:30; 01926 495353 Child under 4 Swim Free. Term time only.

Warwick Rhyme Time

Musical Stay & Play

Warwick Library, Barrack Street, CV34 4TH. 01926 412 189 10:30 - 11:00, twice monthly; Free sessions for 0-2s. Drop in!

Warwick Children’s Ctre, CV34 4LJ 13:30 - 15:00; 01926 492701. Alternating weeks for 0-18 mths & 18 mths+

Saturday

Warwick (Hatton Park) Baby Sensory Class

10:00 - 11:00; Barcheston Drive, CV35 7TR; Gemma: 07989 502712; Free trial sessions Award winning Baby Development class.

Kenilworth Music Together Kenilworth

10:00 - 10:45; Room 3, Kenilworth Methodist Church Hall, Priory Road, CV8 1LQ. Helena: 07503 906468. Free trial offer in centre pages

Woodloes Park Woodies Toddler Group

Dads Group

Woodloes Comm. Centre, Deansway, CV34 5DF. 9:30 11:00; for 0-4s. £1 per family Liz: 07981 606163; Toys, crafts & songs.

St Johns Children’s Centre, Mortimer Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1FS; 10:00 - 11:30 (14th Jan, 11th Feb, 10th Mar); 01926 856397; £1; Play & meet other dads.

Leamington Spa Little Splashers Swimming Classes

Friday

Oddfellows, Warwick St, CV32 5LD 9:30 - 13:30; Call Jo on 07968 015292 Fun lessons teaching them to swim

Heathcote Sing & Sign

Busy Bees Nursery, Macbeth App., Gallagher Business Park, CV34 6AD; 01789 415591 9:45 & 11:00 (6m - 14/15m); £55 for 10 weeks One hour baby signing class

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Kenilworth Stay & Play

St Johns Children’s Centre, Mortimer Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1FS; 10:00 - 11:30; 01926 856397; £1 voluntary contribution. Just drop in

Kenilworth Methodist Church Mother and Toddler Group

Priory Rd, CV8 1LQ; 10:00 - 11:30 (Term time); Helen: 07728 351321; £1 per family Inc drink and biscuit for carer and child

Cradle Club: 10:00 - 11:30 Movers & Crawlers: 13:30 - 14:45

Kenilworth Children’s Ctre, Bertie Rd, CV8 1JP 01926 853394. £2 voluntary contribution.

Leamington Spa Rhythm Time

St Mark’s Church, Rugby Rd, CV32 6DL 9.30 - 12.00 Split by age group, for 0-5s Sue: 01926 886995; £4.15 per class Inc free Baby Book or CD. Free Taster Sessions

Nurturing Baby Massage

Park Street Life, 13A Park Street, CV32 4QN; 12:00 - 13:00; Plse Book - Clair: 07742 317959; 4 week IAIM Baby Massage course

Dandy Development

St Paul’s Church, Leicester Street, CV32 4TE Stage 1: 10.00am-10.40am, Stage 2: 11.00am11.50am; Nikki: 07890 241301; £5.00/£5.50 Talk, Share and Play; Grow in Every Way!

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Trinity Catholic School, Guys Cliffe Ave, CV32 6NB. Jason: 07747 562469 9:00 (2.5 - 3.5 yrs); 9:45 (3.5 -4.5 yrs); 10:30(Recep - Yr1); 11:30 (Yr2-Yr6); Football coaching classes. Term time only

Art Cart Family Fun Sessions

Leamington Spa Rhyme Time

Leamington Spa Library, Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade, CV32 4AA. Tel: 01926 742 721 10:30 - 11:00, 1st & 3rd weeks of mth; Free Free music & singing sessions for 0-2s. Drop in!

Tumble Tots

St Marks Church Hall, CV32 6DL 11:45: Gymbabes; 13:00: walking – 2yrs; 14:00: 2 – 3yrs; 15:00: 3 yrs - school Georgina: 01926 337800; £5.50 per session Structured Play for 6 months up to school age

Leamington Spa (Kingsway) Friends Group

Kingsway Children’s Centre, Baker Ave, CV31 3HB; 13:00 - 15:00 (1st of Mth); 01926 336793

Lighthorne Heath Friday Fun

Lighthorne Heath Childrens’ Centre, Stratford Road, CV33 9TW; 9:30 - 11:00: 01926 691105; 50p per family. Fun Stay and Play Sessions.

Warwick Sing & Sign

St Mary Immaculate, 45 West St, CV34 6AB 9:45 (14/15m+) & 11:00 (6m - 14/15m) 01789 415591; £55 for 10-week term One hour baby signing class

Toy Library

Warwick Children’s Centre, CV34 4LJ

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum 13:00 - 15:00, Last Sat of Month; 01926 742700; free; Drop in & enjoy artistic activities

Leamington (Sydenham) LWAD Pre-School Dance Classes

SYDNI Centre, Cottage Square, CV31 1PT 12:30 - 13:00: 01926 887780 Dance classes for preschool age children

Warwick Dads Aloud

Warwick Children’s Ctre, Coventry Rd, CV34 4LJ; 10:00 - 12:00 (fortnightly); 0 - 5s; 01926 492701; Activities for Dads & their child(ren).

LWAD Pre-School Dance Classes

Warwick Gates Community Centre, Cressida Close, CV34 6DZ; 9 - 9:30am: 01926 887780; Dance class for pre-school age children

LWAD Baby Bounce Class

Woodloes Primary School, Deansway, CV34 5DF; 9:00 - 9:30: 01926 887780 Dance classes for babies and toddlers

Sunday

Leamington Spa Birthing Sessions with Partners

The Space Upstairs, North Hall, Spencer Yard, CV31 3SY; Belinda: 07981 769920 10:30 - 13:30 (every month/six weeks); Birthing preparation from Yogaworks

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Club Futsal Football Classes Boys & Girls aged 3 - 15 yrs

Come and join the fun and learn to play the game! Our classes help to improve childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football ability, social skills, physical well-being, self esteem and confidence.

rth School, Classes are in Meadowhall Kenilwo today! Monday 5pm-6pm. Book your space New classes starting soon in Northampton & Leamington Spa. To book call Paul: 07745 565745 Email: clubfutsal.com www.clubfutsaluk.co.uk Possible trials for Coventry City FC In the Water

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Shires retail Park, leamington Spa, cV34 6rh

central Six retail Park, coventry, cV3 6ta

tel: 01926 888565 tel: 02476 525833 www.pixifoto.co.uk

onlY £5 For a PhotoGraPhic SittinG & receive a GiFt 12”x10”colour portrait, valued over £45. terms & conditions: to redeem this voucher please present at the time of photography sitting. Valid at PixiFoto, leamington Spa and coventry only. no cash alternative. not valid with any other offer. See studio staff for further details. expires: 31st march 2012. our ref: toddleaboutwinter2012.


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