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Welcome to the combined Dec/Jan edition of Your Child in Whittlesea! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas..... In this issue, we will be announcing our Christmas Competition Winners! We had a large number of entries and 6 lucky readers will be receiving shopping and dining vouchers valued at $50 each. Here is the answer to the question “How many presents were hidden in the pages of our November 2013 issue?”

THERE WERE 8 CHRISTMAS PRESENTS IN OUR NOVEMBER MAGAZINE Eighty percent of entries had the correct answer. See page 16 for the names of the winners and what each of them has won. We had a successful Christmas colouring competition in our Kids Corner last month. The winner receives a filled Chistmas stocking courtesy of Your Child in Whittlesea. Everyone who entered will receive a participation certificate and a small gift. See our Kids Corner on page 25 for the winning entry. We also had two of our readers, Roslynne from Roxburgh Park & Claire from Doreen win the “From Stuffed to Sorted” and “Paper Flow” books in our Book Giveaway in October. Congratulations to both of them. Please “like” us on www.facebook.com/yourchildinwhittlesea for regular updates of What’s On in Whittlesea, as well as special offers from our advertisers. Remember to shop local and support our wonderful advertisers. Thank you for being a part of the Your Child in Whittlesea community this year.

Christine Ernest

A Very Merry Christmas and A Safe New Year to All our Readers

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BUSINESS OF THE MONTH The Gymsports Academy of Movement & Excellence offers a range of gymnastics classes, including programs for crawlers through to adults. Kindergym is a program designed for boys and girls under 5 years of age that aims to develop the basic fundamentals of gymnastics movement and fitness. Adult gymnastics fitness classes are also available for men and women of all ages, allowing each individual to work at their own pace. These routines focus on strength, flex and core development with the use of traditional gymnastics apparatus. Gymsports offers General Gymnastics classes for boys and girls aged 5-17 years, which is designed to teach the basics and fundamentals of gymnastics in a fun and safe environment. Gymnasts build strength, flexibility, coordination, balance as well as developing confidence and positive self-esteem. Gymsport also offers special classes with emphases on Dance Dynamics, Tumbling, Acrobatics and Cheerleading. These program options can also be applied to their unique children's b i r t h d ay p a r t i e s h e l d o n weekends and school holidays. In Term 4, 2013 Gym-Access was launched due to an overwhelming demand for gymnastics for children with additional needs. Children and carers participate in the fully set up artistic gymnastics facility instructed by qualified and professional staff. In 2014 Gymsports will also expand into alternative fitness options for children and teens interested in cross training for other sports and programs, also catering for experienced dancers or calisthenics girls wanting to improve their cartwheels, handstands, walkovers and aerial skills. This Summer, Gymsports Academy relaunches its SUMMER SERIES HOLIDAY CLINICS for gymnastics, dance and movement fun all summer long from Monday 6th January to Friday 24th January 2014.

Call Gymsport on:

0401 920 993 (03) 8401 3595

9 Gipps Court, Epping

The Summer Timetable is Now Available Live at

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The Gymsports Academy SUMMER SERIES is coming...

Monday 6th January - Friday 24th Jan 2014 General Gym Series, Pre-Season Footy Fitness, Adult Summer Fun, Kindergym Summer Time Themes, Friday Night Fun - Parents’ Night Off, Giant Circuit, Gym & Cheer Camps, Dance Fever, Commando Circuit, Dad & Sons, Mummy & Me, Circus Skill Clinics, Handstand & Cartwheel Clinics, Party Parachute Fun, Stretch & Flex, Tumble Time. For bookings

Call 8401 3595 9 Gipps Court, EPPING 3076

www.gymacademy.com.au

Angel Lane Framed Baby Hand & Feet Sculptures Maternity Belly Casting Home Visits, Group Discounts & Gift Vouchers Available Combined Sculpture & Photography Packages

www.angellane.com.au www.facebook.com/angellanebabysculptures

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ENROL for the 2014 School Year visit: www.nestorascollege.vic.edu.au or contact Nestoras College direct on (03) 8300 0270 Μαμά και Μπαμπά! Θέλω να πάω στο Ελληνικό Σχολείο.

Nestoras Greek College ESTABLISHED 1975

39 YEARS Servicing the Community VCAA (V.C.E.) reg. no 01766 •Kinder •Prep •Primary •Secondary •V.C.E. Extensive Cultural Program •History •Mythology •Religion •Musical Instrument Tuition •Singing •Theatre •Dance Mondays - Thomastown Secondary College 4.45pm - 8.15pm Wednesdays - Doncaster Secondary College 4.45pm - 8.15pm Fridays - Thornbury High School 4.45pm - 8.15pm To advertise in Your Child in Whittlesea Call 9715 2630

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Only $50 for Who we help: initial consultation* - Autism/Asperger’s We specialize in creative and playful - Developmental Delays occupational therapy that helps children - Sensory Processing reach their full potential through optimal Disorder learning. Serving children from infancy - Learning Disabilities - Gross/Fine Motor Delays through adolescence, Building Blocks - Attention/Concentration Therapy offers professional evaluation, Difficulties consultation and intervention services - Coordination Difficulties - Handwriting Problems - Social Difficulties - Downs Syndrome - Cerebral Palsy turning I can’t into I can - & More

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contact: Lize Roos on 0400 514 424

lize@buildingblockstherapy.com.au www.buildingblockstherapy.com.au *valid for booking in Dec 2013 & Jan 2014

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Mill Park Community Care provides professional and compassionate counselling to people in our community, offering individual, couple and family counselling for a range of issues

For enquiries or to book an appointment

Call 0405 197 192 office@millparkcommunitycare.org.au

Mill Park Community Care Professional Counselling Kathryn Jensen

Deb Shepherd

BA (CC) Grad (CCAA)

BA (CC) Grad Dip (CC)

Located within Mill Park Baptist Church 11 Morang Drive Mill Park

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THE WINNERS OF OUR CHRISTMAS COMPETITION ARE: 3 $50 Dining Vouchers

2 $50 Shopping Vouchers

Courtesy of

Courtesy of

(formerly Epping Plaza)

Michelle Cuteri Sarah Lines

Marianne Lowe Maria Pirpiris Liapis

Rachel Porchia

1 $50 Shopping Voucher Courtesy of

Raisa Tsemel

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family day care ... A desire to succeed A child qualiďŹ ca on or willingness to study A warm and secure family focused home

Working with Children Checks & Police Checks Apply Approved by the Australian Government Rated as Exceeding Na onal Standard

Gift vouchers and lay by available Lay by NOW for Christmas

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iSmileOrthodontics

Free Consultation includes:

• digital records • a thorough assessment of your treatment needs • a personalised report with our findings & suggestions

Contact us on 04888 SMILE / 0488 876 453 Bundoora | Mernda | Taylors Hill | Caroline Springs | Cairnlea

School Holiday and After School appointments available

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Beth's Babies Nursery

Where Beautiful Art… Creates Beautiful Life

Beth Downing is an award-winning, local reborn artist who loves creating special heirloom-quality reborn babies. She invests a lot of time, patience and commitment into each and every baby, making each of them truly 'one of kind'. Do you want to preserve those baby? You have the photos, maybe But have you considered a reborn memories of your precious baby?

special memories of your newborn even baby hand & feet sculptures..... baby sculpture to truly preserve the

Beth is able to produce an identical replica of your baby from your very own photos. All you need is a photo to bring the past to life. She also has many babies in her nursery that you can “adopt” for that extra special and completely unique Christmas gift.

email: bethsnursery@optusnet.com.au or call: 0431 510 577

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Summer Sizzler at

Thomastown Neighbourhood House As summer comes around many parents, me included, inwardly groan at the thought of : the endless days ahead that need to be filled, finding the $ to fund all of those days out, all of those ice creams to buy and all of those responses you have to give to: 'I'm bored'. I am privileged to be manager of Thomastown Neighbourhood House and privileged to work with an amazing group of volunteers. We put our heads together and have come up with a great family day out for the end of the year as part of our series of events called Totally Thomastown: Summer Sizzler the seventh day in December, is dedicated to offering families great things to do over summer, including wild rides at Luna Park, getting back to basics with boxes of chalk for the back yard, skipping ropes and a crazy game of 'spit the pip' how far can you spit a water melon pip? Thomastown Neighbourhood House offers all the usual neighbourhood house activities, computer classes, playgroups, and a meditation class, our door is always open and the kettle is always on and we also run amazing free Family Days called Totally Thomastown. We have brought snow to Thomastown, the World Cardboard Challenge, even Dame Edna's stunt double made an appearance at one of our events. It's all about connecting, offering families in Thomastown a free family day out, it's truly magic to watch kids at our events as they go to the petting farm , have their face painted and enjoy the atmosphere. Since January we have had over 3,000 families attend our events. Neighbourhood Houses are important organisations in the fabric of local communities. Find your local neighbourhood House or Community Centre you never know what will be on offer. Summer Sizzler arrives Saturday 7 December 10am -1pm Thomastown Library Justine Sless - Manager Thomastown Neighbourhood House & Totally Thomastown Free Family Events, Thomastown Library - 52 Main Street Thomastown E manager@tnh.org.au T 8376 6939 M 0488 224 439 www.thn.org.au Facebook www.facebook.com/ThomastownNH Twitter @TTownNHouse 24

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Kids Corner

The winner of our Christmas Colouring Competition is

Kelli (4) from Bundoora Hey Kids you can be a ‘Your Child STAR’ share your jokes, recipes, puzzles, fun facts or photos with other Kids in Whittlesea Contact us: Kids Corner PO Box 40 Doreen 3754 email: info@yourchildinwhittlesea.com.au ph: 9715 2630 To advertise in Your Child in Whittlesea Call 9715 2630

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Danni Specialising Blazein Photography Newborns www.danniblaze.com.au 0400 063 080 Find us on Facebook Mention this ad for a FREE gift with any package ordered

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Handy Phone Numbers Emergency Numbers Ambulance Fire DIAL 000 Police Victoria State Emergency Services Hospitals

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Northern Hospital................................................... Austin - Heidelberg................................................. Box Hill Hospital...................................................... Royal Children’s Hospital (Parkville).......................

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Crisis Centres Poisons.................................................................... Kids Help Line.......................................................... Lifeline..................................................................... Suicide Helpline - (Victoria only)............................. Nurse-on-Call.......................................................... Child Protection - (After Hours Service).................. Domestic Violence Crisis Centre............................. Sexual Assault Service (After Hours)....................... Centres Against Sexual Assault................................ Victims of Crime Helpline....................................... LifeCircle - HOPELINE.............................................. SANDS* Vic...*Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Support Australian Breastfeeding Association Helpline

13 11 26 1800 551 800 13 11 14 1300 651 251 1300 606 024 13 12 78 1800 015 188 or 9373 0123 9349 1766 1800 806 272 1800 819 817 1300 364 673 13 000 SANDS/13 000 2673 1800 686 268

Your Local Police Station . Epping Police.......................................................... Kinglake Police........................................................ Mill Park Police....................................................... Whittlesea Police ...................................................

9409 8100 57861333 9407 3333 97162102

Other Whittlesea City Council....................................

9217 2170

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Community Noticeboard

2014 Immunisation timetable Venues & times

New venues and times to better serve you—our community. Babies can be immunised from 6 weeks of age (no earlier)

MERNDA Community Activity Centre 70 Mernda Village Drive Melway 390 F9

DOREEN Laurimar Community Centre (Café) 25 Hazleglen Drive Melway 391 C6

LALOR Library May Road Melway 8 K5

THOMASTOWN Library 52 Main Street Melway 8 G7

MILL PARK Baptist Church 11 Morang Drive Melway 9 H2

BUNDOORA Northside Christian Centre 31-61 McLeans Road Melway 9 H11

SOUTH MORANG City of Whittlesea Civic Centre Fountain View Room 25 Ferres Boulevard Melway 183 A10

WHITTLESEA Walker Reserve Sports Pavilion Laurel Street Melway 246 G9

EPPING (*DAY 10:30am-12pm) Community Activity Centre (CAC) 378 Findon Road Melway 182 J9

EPPING (*NIGHT 5:30pm-7pm) Memorial Hall 827 High Street Melway 182 B10

NO APPOINTMENTS NECESSARY However, please note we cannot assist anyone arriving later than the closing times specified. Council’s Public Sessions service include: • Infant vaccinations • Secondary school student vaccinations • Workplace vaccination program employees. If you or your child have been immunised overseas please contact the Immunisation Department on 9217 2044 prior to attending a session. Please do not attend any earlier than the stated schedule. The current schedule is: 6 weeks, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 4 years.

Contact Council’s Immunisation Team on 9217 2044 for enquiries. Further information at www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au. Venue

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Contents & Index of Advertisers Your quick guide to everyone and everything in Your Child... Articles 6 Christmas 8 Taming your Toddler 10 Art Therapy for Children 12 Tips to Surviving the Silly Season 14 Kindergarten - What’s it all about? 18 Fun and Exercise Under the Tree This Christmas 20 The Value of Personalised Gifts 22 Styling for Expectant Mums for Summer 24 Local Feature: Summer Sizzler at Thomastown Neighbourhood House

Competitions 16 Christmas Competition Winners

Regular Features 2 Editors Noticeboard 4 Business of the Month - Gymsports Academy 25 Kids Corner 26 Business Directory 28 Handy Phone Numbers 29 Community Noticeboard 2014 Whittlesea Council Immunisation Timetable

Your Child Business Opportunity Call 1300 657 996 or visit: www.yourchildin.com.au

Business Opportunity

Party Supplies

19 Kids Matter Family Day Care 27 Your Child Magazine

Personal Development

Cakes & Cupcakes 26 Sweet Temptation

Child Care Centres

27 Nat’s Party Supplies 26 Living Your Dreams

Photography

15 Sutherland’s Child Care

26 Image of You Photography 27 Danni Blaze Photography

Counselling

Real Estate/Land Sales

11 Mill Park Community Care

31 Mason White McDougall

Dance

Restaurants/Café

13 Magic Moves

13 Commercial Hotel 27 Hog’s Breath Café

Education/Schools 3 Gilson College 7 Nestoras College 32 Ivanhoe Grammar School

Shopping Centres

Gifts & Toys 19 Creative Minds 26 Nappy Cake Co

5 Gymsports Academy 15 Ready Steady Go Kids 19 Get Active Sports

Health & Well-Being

Window Tinting

9 Building Blocks Therapy 21 iSmile Orthodontics 26 Herbalife

27 My Dream Windows

Mother & Baby 5 23 26 26 26

Angel Lane Baby Sculptures Beth’s Babies Nursery Elm Natural Mums With Tums Maternity Smart Bibs

If you have a community event or activity happening in the Whittlesea council area Email to: info@yourchildinwhittlesea.com.au

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Sports/Fitness

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