Review 2017: Tot Cross Buns

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Last month, my son made an amazing toad in the hole. He’s two years old. Before I sign him up for Masterchef, I should probably give some appreciation to the brilliant ladies at Tot Cross Buns.

About

Tot Cross Buns is a cookery course for children aged 2 to 5 years old, with occasional Saturday cookery classes that also welcome school age children. Their website says ‘The aim of Tot Cross Buns is to introduce children to food through taste, smell and touch all in a fun and relaxed environment. They’ll be cooking healthy recipes (some treats too!), which have all been tried and tested, and will involve the children every step of the way – and there will be no washing up to worry about!’ The classes also include a food related activity carried out whilst the food is cooking.

The classes are located at various sites in North Hampshire, close to Basingstoke, with times, locations and prices available on their website Tot Cross Buns. The business is the brainchild of local mum Allison and the classes are run by Allison and another local lady, Kerry, who runs the classes we’ve been attending.

The Class

First off I should admit, I’m a little bit in love with Tot Cross Buns. I went for a taster session last month and we have been back every week since. I’d never heard of the idea of cooking classes for toddlers before and had only seen places offering biscuit decorating etc. Here, not only do recipes include Toad in the Hole, pasta, rosemary biscuits etc, they concentrate on being healthy, with the very occasional cheeky spoily week. They teach about the foods they are using, where they come from, and tend to carry this into the week’s activities.

 

Kerry, as I’m sure Allison does too, takes the time to point out each ingredient and encourages the children to find the right ones and do as much as possible themselves. She goes around and helps where needed with support and a little one-to-one. She encourages involvement, asks lots of questions, and doesn’t miss a trick either; she will hone in on the quiet ones to make sure they feel involved (that includes my little one, and I still can’t believe he now shouts out answers to the group questions). She also encourages independence, getting the children to carry their trays up on their own, put the dirty bits in the washing up box, and collect their baking one at a time, with a round of applause at the end.

The activities themselves are well thought out and relevant to what is being cooked. From colouring, to tasting, to washing up, to planting herbs. Always different and always grabs the children’s attention whilst being educational.

All this, plus you come away with great baking too!

They also recently won the Muddy Stiletto Award for best children’s business in Hampshire 2017. Congratulations! Well deserved.

Rating out of 5

Definitely 5 out of 5

For more information contact Allison on Tot Cross Buns website or Tot Cross Buns Facebook Page

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NHM Readers Recommend how to find out about primary school open days 2018

An NHM Reader recently sent the following message “I was wondering if you could post on the NHM page asking fellow NHM’s how to find out about primary school open days for kids starting September 2018? I’ve no idea so we’d like to visit a few and don’t want to miss out!”

Many thanks to the NHM Community for your replies, which are below.

A Facebook Group was also set up, the link to which can be found here: Basingstoke 2018 YR R (NorthHantsMum). Thank you so much to Wendy for setting this up. 

NHM Readers Recommend how to find out about primary school open days 2018

Louise Nhm Smith said “ I’m fairly sure that you have to check the individual websites of each school you are interested in. I might be wrong though…”

Louise Nhm Smith said “This link will be useful too: School Catchments

Rachael said “Yeah each school is different, their websites should tell you or call the school reception. It might be a little while before it goes on the websites”

Rebekah said “Usually the open days are October- Nov so check the school websites or ring the school mid September(give the school the chance to get back in the swing of things after the hols)”

Heidi said “If there is no open day information posted, make sure you contact the school directly to ask – our school does private tours, no open days…”

Leah said “Some schools only have open evenings & some only have open days & some only have private tours. I’d look on the websites of the schools you’re most interested in & if not on there call them up. I have 2 choices I’m putting down & know one of them anyway so don’t particularly need to attend open day. I’ll be calling or attending the other school open day but as it’s my local one it’s more than likely my son will go to that one. So scary they’ll be 4 and starting school next year!”

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Back in September 2017 – Jiggly Wrigglers in Hartley Wintney

Our first week’s mixed sessions will be Tuesday 5th September 9.40am-10.40am, 10.50am – 11.50am and Friday 8th September 9.40am-10.40am, 10.50am – 11.50am.

£4 per family! No need to book

☀ Older siblings are welcome and go FREE at the mixed age group

☀ ️FREE refreshments for all including tea, coffee, biscuits and snacks.

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We will be Wriggling jiggling and bouncing with puppets, musical instruments and bags of sensory surprises on our adventure ????

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Edward Hall, Victoria Halls, West Green Road, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 8RQ

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Maternity Services Survey 2017

The Local Maternity System is working to improve maternity services so women receive excellent care that is more personal and family friendly. Wessex Voices is carrying out a survey to understand experiences of using maternity services to help improve them and ensure women have an informed and empowered choice through their pregnancy and birth.

We want to hear from women and birthing partners who have had a baby in the last 12 months. Our website contains more information about the work and two short surveys (one for women and one for birthing partners) which should take between five and 15 minutes to complete.  It will be open until the 30th September 2017. www.healthwatchhampshire/maternity

Wessex Voices and Healthwatch Hampshire will be promoting this far and wide via our websites and social media, as well as targeting relevant facebook groups etc.  Our NHS colleagues are helping promote via their networks too.  We will also have a presence at a number of venues across the patch in August and September – details all available on our website.

Give us your views on local maternity services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (including Southampton and Portsmouth)

Launch of the Local Maternity Services Survey 2017 – Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth

The Local Maternity System for Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth are working to improve services in line with the national Better Births report recommendations (2016). Seven priorities from the report aim to drive improvement to ensure women across the UK receive excellent care that is more personal and family friendly.

Wessex Voices (a collaboration between local Healthwatch and NHS England) is carrying out a survey to understand experiences of using maternity services.  They are working with local maternity services to gather feedback that will help us better understand how services can be improved to ensure women have an informed and empowered choice through their pregnancy and birth.

“We really want to hear from as many women and birthing partners, who have had a baby in the last 12 months, about their experiences of our services.  In the first days after birth there can be lots to adjust to so we would also like to know about the support women and families receive then.  People’s views will feed into how we improve services in future.”  Sally Pastellas, Senior Commissioning Manager Children and Maternity Commissioning Collaborative.

“We have devised two short questionnaires – one for women and one for birthing partners – that won’t take long to complete.  We will also be out and about meeting women at Health Visitor sessions and other events across the area. I’m really looking forward to talking to parents about their experiences of maternity services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. I think this is a great opportunity for new parents to help shape future services by sharing their stories with us.” Rachel Bullock, Healthwatch Hampshire Engagement Officer. 

For more information about this work, including a list of Health Visitor and other events, please visit:  www.healthwatchhampshire.co.uk/maternity

Contact:  Rachel Bullock, Healthwatch Hampshire

Tel: 01962 440262

Direct Line: 07436102870

Email: rachel.bullock@healthwatchhampshire.co.uk

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Stickerscape Name Labels

Welcome to Stickerscape Name Labels

Stickerscape’s name labels are the perfect way to ensure that your kids’ stuff never gets lost! Of course name labels have to be practical, and withstand all that our little people can throw at them (as a British manufacturer of quality products we take this as a given), but at Stickerscape we pride ourselves on also making name labels that look fab! Having an image as well as a name is really handy for very young children as they don’t even need to be able to read their name to recognise their labels, and for older children it’s a fun chance to reflect a bit more personality.

The name label pack is ideal for labelling just about anything your children might carry into nursery, pre-school or school, plus their uniform too! In particular, we’d recommend them for use in shoes (e.g. plimsolls, ballet shoes, football boots), water bottles, lunchboxes, tupperware containers, rucksacks, book bags, pencil cases, individual pens / pencils, notebooks, folders – the list is pretty endless. This pack also includes two sheets of iron on labels, ideal for labelling your child’s clothing and uniforms.

About Stickerscape Name Labels

We keep things simple by offering 3 great value name label packs, so you can concentrate on the really fun bit of picking your favourite design! Simply choose from stick on labels, iron on labels, or a handy mixed pack combining both. Within each pack, a variety of different sticker shapes and sizes will make sure you’re ready to label just about anything. Plus our super tough stick on labels are fine to put in the dishwasher, microwave and freezer, whilst our iron on labels can happily withstand regular visits to the washing machine and tumble dryer. Full instructions are included in your pack.

Fundraise for your school with name labels

Join our school fundraising scheme to earn a fantastic 25% commission on all name labels ordered by parents – that’s up to £4.50 per pack sold! Quick, simple and totally free to get started – we provide flyers about the name labels for you to distribute to parents. Parents order online with your school ID code, and we dispatch orders directly to them. No need for you to collect order forms or money! For every £50 commission your school earns, you will also receive a bonus educational wall sticker (e.g. a number line or illustrated alphabet), perfect for using in the classroom or as a raffle prize! https://www.stickerscape.co.uk/fundraise-for-your-school-with-name-labels/

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Westside Community Centre, South Ham: Summer Holiday Activities

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Jiggy Wrigglers is coming to Hartley Wintney! TODAY!!!

EXCITING NEWS !! JIGGY WRIGGLERS IS COMING TO HARTLEY WINTNEY.

Come and join in the fun at our first taster session on Monday 14th August 10:30 -11:30. Special offer of £3.50 per family No need to book ☀️Older siblings are welcome and go FREE at the mixed age group ☀️FREE refreshments for all including tea, coffee, biscuits and snacks. ???? We will be Wriggling jiggling and bouncing with puppets musical instruments and bags of sensory surprises on our adventure ???? ????So why not pop along and join in the fun at. Edward Hall, Victoria Halls, West Green Road, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 8RQ

 

Jiggy Wrigglers Leader Vacancies – Hartley Wintney and Fleet Are you or do you know someone looking for fun and rewarding part time work that you can fit around your family? Jiggy Wrigglers offer excellent rates of pay, full training and all kit will be supplied.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

• People who are cheerful and good fun.

• We need people with bags of energy and the confidence to get up and entertain a hall full of people.

• You need to be naturally loud

• Having your own child or experience with little ones is a great advantage.

• You will need to be able to drive and have your own transport.

• Full training will be given and September starts are available.

If you or someone you know is interested please email kelly@jiggywrigglers.com or call 07793756116 for more Information www.jiggywrigglers.com


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New Pregnancy Yoga course in September 2017

Pregnancy Yoga is an ideal form of exercise during pregnancy to keep you and your unborn child healthy and safe. Exercise together to safely stretch and stay fit during pregnancy, take time to relax and connect with your unborn baby as well as learning lots of different techniques to help ease labour and childbirth when the time comes.

New Pregnancy Yoga course is starting on Saturdays 10-11.15am in Basingstoke. This six week Course begins on 2nd September – places are limited and must be paid for in advance to secure a place. Cost is £50 for the full 6 weeks course.

Check out my website for more details www.yogawithgloria.co.uk

Contact yogawithgloria@gmail.com    Tel 0758 462 1857

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