NHM Readers Recommend: What to do if a sibling is allocated to a different school

I recently had a question from an NHM Reader ” Can anyone help please? My son has been allocated a school different to where his sister attends. Has anyone been in this situation? Any help appreciated.”

Thank you to the NHM Community for your responses, listed below:

NHM Reader’s recommendations for a sibling allocated to a different school

Helena said “It happened to a friend. Her children ended up going to different schools for 18 months until a place became available at her preferred choice (out of catchment) school for her youngest, where her eldest already was. I think she appealed but didn’t get anywhere.”

Joanne said “You can appeal the decision and see if that helps.”

Rebecca said “I’m in exactly the same position. You could appeal, but it’s very stressful (we went through 3 appeals for my son) and unless your second child has undeclared SEN or Hampshire School Admissions made an error (it does happen), then there’s really no point. One thing to bear in mind is that every appeal is pretty expensive for the school. We have decided to ask our son’s school if they can find out if an error has been made without going to appeal because we don’t want the school’s already stretched budget to be used for an appeal that has no grounds. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.”

Further information on the appeals process can be found on the Hampshire County Council’s website:

https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/admissions/guidance/appeals

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NHM Readers Recommend: Buggy Friendly Walks with a Tea/Coffee Shop at the End

I recently asked the Friends of my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook if they could help with the following question: “Do you know of any buggy friendly walks with tea/coffee shop at the end? Know of Eastrop, Beggarwood and War Memorial.”

Many thanks for your responses, listed below in no particular order:

NHM Readers Recommend: Buggy Friendly Walks with a Tea/Coffee Shop at the End

Rebecca said “There is one in Rooksdown on Thursday morning. We haven’t started to yet but have been talking of ending the walk at a local Costa or with a picnic.”

Mary said “Basingwoods is good for buggies. There is sometimes a cafe in the popley fields community centre but i can’t remember dates etc. Also from there you can walk up to st Gabriel’s which sometimes has a cafe. I think you need to check their websites for times.”

Emma said “Sherfield on London is nice! Take the little ones to see the ducks, play on the park, walk all around the big greens and across the streams and then there’s a lovely cafe on the corner with a post office in the back”

Wendy said “Greenham common are on the verge of opening their cafe in the old control tower. It will be staffed by volunteers so not open every day. Check their facebook page for details. https://www.facebook.com/GreenhamControlTower/

Lauren said “Beggarwood is ok and the community centre has a really nice cafe”

Karen M said “Kempshott/oakley multi user path and jolly ollie’s in oakley or kitty’s in kempshott”

Karen J said “Go on ready steady mum’s group”

Ruza said “Farnham great park, and the cafe is reality good.”

Ruchira said “Ready steady mums walk at Eastrop park on a Wednesday at 1”

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NHM Readers Recommend: Clubs/Meets for a Baby and Toddler

I recently asked the Friends of my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook if they could help with a question I had received: “just wondered if you could ask people about clubs/meets etc for a baby and toddler.? 1 month and a 2 year old.”

Many thanks for all of your replies, listed below in no particular order:

NHM Readers Recommend: Clubs/Meets for a Baby and Toddler

Naomi said “Melrose Hall run a tot group on a tues and fri”

Claire said “Coffee & Chat at Brookvale is lovely. Toddler section and baby section. Just £2 donation. Friday’s from 10am https://www.facebook.com/NCTCoffeeandChat/

Debbie said “Michelle runs tots play plus helps (I think) at coffee morning on Fridays at Sherfield Park.” www.facebook.com/totsplaybasingstoke www.facebook.com/bumpintomums

Any said “Basing Beans on Tuesdays 10-11.30 is great. It’s at Lychpit village hall. Lots for toddlers plus baby area and a cup of tea or coffee for you…https://m.facebook.com/groups/204635339562838

Sarah said “I run Hartbeeps multi-sensory classes for newborns through to preschoolers in Hook on a Tuesday morning. You can bring your little one to Happy House Class with your older one. https://www.facebook.com/hartbeepsfarnham/

Jo said “Caterpillar music”

Hayley said “caterpillar music is perfect, took my little one from about 3 weeks old with my 2.5 year old:)”

Jaz said “www.facebook.com/CaterpillarMusicBasingstoke Even better- siblings are FREE!”

Steph said “I run netmums Basingstoke meet ups once a month for people to get out with the little ones and make new friends…you can find the group here: https://m.facebook.com/groups/1833762103604347

Rachael said “Under 5’s at Sherfield Park on a Tuesday morning and bump into mums on a Friday morning both 10am-12pm and both very welcoming and friendly”

Allison said “Two year olds are welcome to Tot Cross Buns…mummies are welcome to bring younger siblings too Www.facebook.com/totcrossbuns

Kelly said “Www.facebook.com/jiggybasingstoke

Anna said “I’m a midwife running a newborn and baby massage courses in Camberley available to book now https://www.mummasandbeans.co.uk/camberley/

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NHM Readers Recommend: Weekend Music Classes

I recently had the following question from an NHM Reader: ” I’m on a hunt to find a weekend music class for a 4 year old. Any ideas? Caterpillar Music and Monkey Music are all weekdays…..” 

Many thanks to the NHM Community for your responses, listed below in no particular order:

NHM Readers recommend weekend music classes

Jade said:

“I believe dinky disco runs on weekends”

Gemma said:

Dinky disco runs on a Sunday at Bramley and is amazing!!!”

Jaz said:

“I am caterpillar Music and yes we only do weekdays sorry. But I would also recommend dinky disco!”

Lorna said:

I can also recommend dinky disco

Susannah said:

“Yes, go to Dinky Disco – Nikki is fab!”

Lizzie said:

“Another vote for Dinky Disco!”

Kat said:

“I think Kids Kan Dance run classes on a Saturday”

Melody said:

I can recommend Kidskandance

Helen said:

Dinky disco is weekends and also, may not be your thing, but some churches have great family services with loads of singing and games aimed at children. I hear St Mary’s in Eastrop is good.”

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NHM Readers Recommend: Local Places to go for Large Groups with Pushchairs

I recently asked the NHM Community “I’m looking for suggestions of local places to go for large groups of Mums with pushchairs and little ones under 6 months old, especially places to eat or drink at.”

Many thanks for all your responses, listed below in no particular order:

NHM Readers recommend local places to go for large groups with pushchairs

Rachel said “Wellington country park, eastrop park, memorial park. When I met up with the mum’s from my NCT group we found Longbridge Mill to be accommodating (we just used to warn them when we booked).”

Emma said “Beggarwood park- there’s a cafe at the new community centre

Kate said “Tea bar quite roomy in the afternoon when it’s quieter.”

Helen said “Giraffe have always been very welcoming for our buggyfit socials. They have a big room at the back they let us use and Mums can bring in buggies and feed comfortably

Lisette said “Our NCT group often met at Starbucks in festival place. At the tables and chairs outside. Always plenty of room”

  • Mary replied “We also cause total havoc on a weekly basis as the ‘outside’ seating upstairs means we aren’t in anyone’s way.”

Hannah said “Hook garden centre are good”

  • Lottie replied “Another vote for hook garden centre here”
  • Pauline said “Hook Home and Garden Centre great kids play area and cafe with amazing cakes!

Jessica said “Aingels Cafe and Bistro, lots of parking, relaxed environment and plenty of room.”

Tracy said “Dome cafe Brighton Hill is fab.”

Sarah said “Nando’s rearranged their outdoor tables for a big group of us!”

Jo said “More of the Good Stuff has lots of space and a little fenced off indoor play corner too. LOVELY cake!

Steph said “The cafe in John Lewis has loads of room but that’s more lunch/cake”

Karen said “Roses cafe

Kathryn said “Redfields garden centre in church crookham might be too far for your group”

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NHM Reader Recommendations: Places to go with an 8 month old and no transport

An NHM Reader asked “I was wondering if you could help me out. I live in Basingstoke and have an 8-month-old son. I would love for us to be able to go out for the day somewhere, but I’m not sure where is good for babies. I don’t drive either, so it would have to be accessible by public transport or walking distance. I do have a railcard though. Do you have any ideas?”

Thank you to the NHM Readers for the below replies. Thank you also to Juliet for putting this post together! 

NHM Reader Recommendations: Places to go with an 8 month old and no transport

Lottie says “There’s a bus to Marwell Zoo which I think you can pick up in Winchester so you could get the train there”

Hannah says “Beale Park is a short train ride away. Also Millers Ark on the way to Hook…. has a bus stop not far from its entrance.”

Helen says “I second the Beale Park suggestion. As well as animals and the train they have a big sand pit and paddling pool. Go during the term time and it’ll be quiet.”

Vicky says “I downloaded this app it’s really good tells you what’s going on groups etc in your area for the age group you are looking for” https://hoop.co.uk

Wendy says “A walk by the Thames at Reading (there’s a park by Reading bridge and lots of swans). The New Forest has tourist buses in the summer. Paultons Park has a bus from Southampton station. The number 11 bus stops outside Manydown. Bus to Shakespeare Road (Popley East) for the Splash Park.

Jason says “The New Forest also has a train station”

Cathy says “Lots of free events coming up around town http://www.basingstokefestival.co.uk/…/cate…/free-events

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NHM Reader Recommendations: Entertainment for a First Birthday Party

An NHM Reader asked “I am looking for entertainment for my daughter’s first birthday party. So something like Baby Sensory or Caterpillar Music. I am currently checking their availability but need to look for back up in case neither can accommodate me. Would appreciate any suggestions.”

Many thanks for the responses from the NHM community, listed below in no particular order:

Tots Play

Tots Play Basingstoke & Hook

Michelle said “Hi, I run Tots Play classes in the area and also do birthday parties, get in touch for more info www.totsplay.co.uk/basingstoke

Jiggly Wrigglers

Jiggy Wrigglers Andover & surrounding villages

Gemma said “I run Jiggy Wrigglers, we are very well established in Andover and heading to Basingstoke so would be happy to come and entertain. If you’d like to know more here’s our page and just pm me.

Dinky Disco

Dinky Disco

Tanya said “Dinky Disco’s”

Cesca said “Dinky disco are fab”

Victoria said “Defo Dinky Discos! Nikki is AMAZING”

Nikki said “Thanks so much for the recommendations Tanya, Cesca and Victoria. Take a peep at our FB page and full party details on our website. Don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you have any questions”

Lucy said “Dinky Disco! I’ve had compliments for months following our 1 year olds birthday party.”

Pop Tots

Pop Tots

Alison said “Pop Tots”

Jollypop Entertainment

Jollypop Entertainment

Grace said “Jollypop Entertainment run ‘jollypoppets’ parties for little ones. Rhythm and Rhyme time type fun!”

Gym Minis

Gym Minis

Emma said “Gym Minis would have a good selection for you and they do parties”

Caterpillar Music

Caterpillar Music

Jaz said “Nicky does an awesome job at Caterpillar Music”

Hartbeeps

Hartbeeps Farnham, Hook and Godalming

Sarah said “I do multi-sensory 1st birthday parties/ I am a franchisee of Hartbeeps. If you look on our website you can see what we are all about”

Baby Sensory

Baby Sensory

Claire said “I’m Claire from Baby Sensory. Please feel free to pm me and I can check dates for you”

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NHM Reader Recommendations: Paediatric First Aid Courses

An NHM Reader asked “Any idea how I could get on to/ find info on how to get on a children’s first aid course? Got a 3 year old and a 1 year old, and when my little one choked on a grape a few weeks ago I had no idea what to do!!! Luckily she was fine but would like to be more informed, just not sure where to start!?”

Many thanks to the NHM Reader recommendations below, which are in no particular order.

NHM Readers Recommend Children’s First Aid Courses

St John Ambulance

St John Ambulance

Samantha said “St John’s”

First Aid Angels Limited

First Aid Angels Limited

Marie B said “First aid angels”

Marie R said “I’d recommend Vicky at First aid angels too. We did a group class with her at my friends house when the kids were small.”

First Aid Angels Limited said “thank you for your support Ladies. We offer a 2 hour parents first aid course in your own home or venue Usually on a weekday evening. We are a Qualsafe approved centre and offer accredited Paediatric and adult first aid courses too.”

Tigerlily Training

Tigerlily Training

Kay said “We use Tiger Lily for our paediatric courses at Spotlight Centre.”

Kelly said “I have done the Tigerlilys 12hr paediatric course which is really good or they do a shorter 6hr course and a reasonable price.”

RCS Services

RCS Services

Bethan said “Speak to RCS. They run safe and healthy baby courses which incorporate a paediatric first aid training session”

NCT Basingstoke

NCT Basingstoke

Cerys said “NCT run baby & child first aid courses in association with Red Cross.”

Lizzie said “I did the NCT Red Cross one which was really good.”

Baby Resuscitation

Baby Resuscitation

Louise said “highly recommend this company Baby Resuscitation”

Keepabeat

KeepaBeat Basingstoke

Juliet said “KeepaBeat run Paediatric First Aid classes in the area”

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Lucy said “I did mine at the library in basingstoke festival place… It was at a huge discount too so worth asking incase they are doing more (as this was a year and a half ago now)”

Lizzy said “We did ours at Basingstoke discovery centre & was very cheap. So definitely worth checking if they still do it.”

Viables Community Centre

Viables Community Centre

Luan said “Viables have some emergency aid courses coming up and they deal with various things including choking for infants and adults. Free too! Next is Sep 20th at 2pm”

Gail said “viables community centre are doing free first aid courses presently!!”

Birth to Beyond – Viables Community Centre

Viables Community Centre

Luan said “Our new Birth to Beyond course starts on Monday and a first aider will be attending to cover choking, febrile convulsions etc. The course is £20 for five weeks and we will be covering all sorts of other things too. First aid for infants is in the first week. 01256 473634 Viables Community Centre or office@viables.org.uk”

British Red Cross

British Red Cross First Aid Training

Susan said “We did ours through the Red Cross but I don’t remember any booking details.”

Heartstart Tadley Triangle Scheme

Heartstart Tadley Triangle Scheme

Madeleine said “Tadley Triangle Heartstart did free courses a few years ago”

First Aid For Life

First Aid for Life

Peta said “First aid for life. Owner is london based but she has health care gurus all over. NCT use her (very adaptable/personalised) courses regularly.”

Other Suggestions

Karen said “St John Ambulance – Get your FREE pocket Baby First Aid guide

Sarah said “you could try contacting local community centres or nurseries or play groups? sometimes they book a course for staff and have spaces left?”

Kelsey said “We went on a free one that the children’s centres were doing. Not sure if they still are.”

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NHM Readers Recommend after school football sessions for 5+ years

An NHM Reader recently asked “I’m looking for a football after school session if possible for 5 years +… starting in September. Would you be able to put a shout out for me? I know there was one done on pre-schoolers….”

Thank you to all those who replied. The responses are below and in no particular order.

NHM Readers Recommend after school football sessions for 5+ years

Sarah said “Hatch Warren Phoenix are after children in Year R and 1. Runs on Saturday mornings though very professional group and coaches are fabulous”

Evi said “Brighton Hill school power league, https://www.facebook.com/GolElite/ Thu 5-6”

Wendy said “There’s one at Everest on a Wed but the FA website doesn’t have the details. Give the community centre a call for info.”

For a Sat session, Lods Tods is training for 4 to year 1. 10 – 12 on Sherfield village green. £2 pay as you go.”

Candice said “These guys run during term time at Sherfield Park Community Centre on Mondays 5-6pm. They also run coaching workshops over the summer holidays (all 5 weeks here M-F 9am – 3pm or half days) so a great opportunity to maybe have a few trial sessions in advance of September Challenger Sports

Jo said “Tuesdays 6-7 at Richard Aldworth school with these guys…Pro-Skills Coaching Basingstoke

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Classes still running during Summer 2018

If you have a class that is still running during the summer holidays and you would like them to be included in this post, please email me the details to NorthHantsMum@gmail.com before 20th July 2018. Thank you.

Classes still running during Summer 2018

Cookery Doodle Doo summer sessions

I’ll be running pop up cooking sessions for ages 2-10 at Chineham library at 10am and 11am to make Beach Bowls on Weds 25th July. Link to book the 10am session here:

https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library/events/eventdetail?id=383709

The 11am is also open to book here:

https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library/events/eventdetail?id=383717

I’ll also be doing the Beach Bowls at Testbourne School as part of the ‘Summer of Play’ programme at 10am on Friday 27th July. I don’t have booking details for this yet – it’ll be with them directly.

Finally, there will be drop-in Beano-themed biscuit decorating at The Basingstoke Discovery Centre on Tuesday 28th August as part of the summer reading challenge 🙂

Little Learner Summer classes

Little Learners

Friday 20th July, Friday 10th August, Friday 17th August

Roger Morris Centre in Eastrop

10.30-11.30

book online https://littlelearnersuk.com/franchise/basingstoke/

Also have joint classes with Jiggy Wriggler

Little Learners & Jiggy Wriggler

Friday 27th July & Friday 3rd August,

Roger Morris Centre in Eastrop

10.30-11.30

book online https://littlelearnersuk.com/franchise/basingstoke/

Relax Kids Back to School session

I’m running a Relax Kids Back to School session on Tuesday 28 August 9.30-10.30 at Westside Community Centre.

Bookings can be made at Relax Kids Basingstoke – Booking by Bookwhen

Caterpillar Music Summer Sessions

These are the sessions I’m running…

Mondays @ Beggarwood Community Centre

9:45am (mixed ages)

10:35am (0-18months)

4 weeks from Mon 30th July

£24 for the 4 weeks OR £7.50 per session (must be prebooked tho!)

Tuesdays @ Chineham Village Hall

10am (mixed ages)

10:50am (0-18months)

5 weeks from Tues 31st July

£30 for the 5 weeks OR £7.50 a session (must be prebooked tho!)

Tots Play Summer Sessions

Baby Development 6 week course (birth to 6 months) every Wednesday at 11:30am (except August 15th) starts July 18th at Chineham Village Hall, £60 for the course

Summer Sessions suitable from 3 months to 2 years (older siblings welcome) as follows

Sherfield Park Community Centre:

  • Monday July 30th at 10am
  • Monday August 6th at 10am
  • Monday August 20th at 10am

Chineham Village Hall:

  • Wednesday August 1st at 10am
  • Wednesday August 8th at 10am
  • Wednesday August 22nd at 10am

£6 per session or 3 for £15

All can be booked online by clicking the link on the website www.totsplay.co.uk/basingstoke

Yoga Babes

My class is still running during summer: www.yogababes.co.uk

TNT Family Fitness

📢We are delighted to announce our first ever SUMMER classes in Basingstoke 📢

All class times are the same at each venue and are age appropriate: –
Family fitness fun, walkers to preschool age – 10:15-10:55 am
Family fitness fun, 5 years and over – 11:00-11:45 am

3 locations around Basingstoke :-

Viables Community Centre – 31st July and 7th August
Old Basing Village Hall – 14th August
Melrose Community Hall – 21st and 28th August.

Launch offer = The first 20 family to book get all 5 sessions for £20.
Otherwise, £5 per session when booked before 20th July.

Message for more information or to book your place 📲💰

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our Summer fitness event. With thanks to our partners at Radian Housing.

Event link is :- https://www.facebook.com/events/1750761688354128/

Pop Up Play Village

Pop Up Play Village are running the following special sessions this summer:

27th October East Oakley Village Hall 10-11:15am

22nd August Clift Meadow, Brocus Hall in Bramley 10-11:15am

Both of these events are our special Outdoor Explorers sessions appearing by popular request for the summer holidays. There will be stick whittling, our mud kitchen, clay tiles to make, ice play, nature hunts and lots more! Sessions are aimed for children from 0-11 years old this summer but older children are welcome!

Tickets for our events are available from our website www.popupplayvillage.co.uk/organiser/basingstoke

We hope to see you there!

CHAMPS Academy Workshops over the Summer

Confidence Kick-Start (11-16 year olds)

Tuesday 31st July, 5pm-6pm

£10 per child

Confidence Kick-Start (6-10 year olds)

Tuesday 7th August, 5pm-6pm

£10 per child

Bully Proof (11-16 year olds)

Monday 13th August, 5pm-6pm

£10 per child

Bully Proof (6-10 year olds)

Monday 20th August, 5pm-6pm

£10 per child

Back to School (11-16 year olds)

Wednesday 22nd August, 5pm-6pm

£12 per child

Back to School (6-10 year olds)

Tuesday 28th August, 5pm-6pm

£12 per child

All workshops are taking place at Hatch Warren Community Centre.

Email: Chantal.champsacademy@gmail.com
Web page: http://www.champs-academy.co.uk/chantal-dawson/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChampsChantal/

InsideOut Health and Fitness

I’ll be running Junior Bootcamp at Basingstoke Sports Centre every Thursday and Friday during August, 11.15-12.15.

It’s £3.80 to drop in for an hour of fun, games and working out like the adults do!

For further info, call Sarah on 07745555809 or email sarahleaford@outlook.com

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