Child Safe Zones at Festival Place

Basingstoke Festival Place operates as a Child Safe Zone:

Around the country, shopping centres, beaches, visitor attractions and other family venues are becoming Child Safe Zones…

If you have children its very likely you have experienced that dreaded moment when you turn around and your child is out of sight… the Child Safe Zones scheme can help.

If you lose your child in a Child Safe Zone, simply ring the number clearly displayed on the Child Safe Zones stickers or posters for direct contact with the local security team – getting help with your search quickly. This simple, effective service works for everyone and is free.

You do not need to register with FamilySafePlus+ and you do not have to buy any Child Safe Accessories. Just call the number displayed.

Virtually every venue in the UK has a missing child procedure. The Child Safe Zone Scheme simply brings all these systems under one nationally recognised identity – helping venues and parents to keep children safe and found.

This scheme is can prove equally valuable for older children and vulnerable adults, where personal safety is an issue.

Free Wristbands

All Child Safe Zones offer free wristbands allowing children to carry their parent or guardian’s contact mobile number safely. Look out for the dispensers as you enter the Zone, and help Child Safe Zones to reunite your child with you quickly, if they lose sight of you.

Resource: http://www.childsafezones.co.uk/childsafe-zones.html#

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Library Membership

Visit your local library or complete the Online Registration Form to join

  • If you live, work or study in Hampshire you can become a member – it’s free to join. You’re never too young – even babies can join!
  • If you have difficulty using the library we have specialist services which can help you.
  •  A wide selection of books, films, games and music for you to borrow. Try something new – libraries run courses and workshops from arts and crafts to employment preparation.
  •  Free internet and IT in every library and Discovery Centre. WiFi is available in several libraries so you can use your own devices too.
  • Access library resources from home – you can download ebooks and audiobooks and use our online reference collection.

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Library Membership for your child

Bookstart

School catchment finder, Report on school admissions and Ofsted Reports in North Hampshire

Following on from the Education posts there are some very interesting links below (Thanks Su for forwarding them on!).  I don’t want to scare anyone but you may be intrigued to see where your little one falls in the catchment lottery for when they start Infants school  in North Hampshire and where they will be allotted for Junior’s and Senior schools:

School catchment finder

The report on School Admissions is a really interesting read, particularly at the end of the report where it is listed the number of children that have been accepted into the school and whether brothers and sisters have also been accepted:

Report on school admissions

If you have a little one starting nursery soon you may also find the following website useful as you should be able to check up on the Nursery’s latest Ofsted report. You can also find Infants, Juniors and Senior schools Ofsted reports from this linky:

Ofsted Early years and Childcare

Sorry if I’ve scared anyone but I hope you find the above useful. It would be great to hear your feedback…

Related Posts

Montessori Education

Home Schooling

Waldorf Steiner Education

Benefits and Entitlements for families

There is a wide range of financial help for families. Some is available to all, some only in special circumstances, and some only if your income is low.

From pregnancy through to your child reaching age 20, state help is available towards the cost of raising a family. Make sure you claim everything you are entitled to.

See the tables later on in this section for a quick guide to state help for families. You’ll find details of some of the key benefits in these other sections:

Most benefits and entitlements are not paid automatically and can be backdated only for a short period. Claim now so you don’t lose out.

http://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/parents/entitlements/benefits/default.aspx

Useful contacts

Call rates may vary – check with your telephone provider for their charges.

Parent’s guide to money calculators

Money Advice Service
moneyadviceservice.org.uk/parents

Child Benefit

HM Revenue & Customs
Tel:           0300 200 3100
www.hmrc.gov.uk/childbenefit

Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit

HM Revenue & Customs
Tel:             0345 300 3900
www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits

Also see a previous Northhantsmum blog post on tax credits.

Healthy Start vitamins and vouchers

Your midwife or doctor
Tel:           0345 607 6823
www.healthystart.nhs.uk

Statutory Maternity and Paternity Pay

Your employer

Additional Paternity Leave and Pay

Directgov (Great Britain)
www.direct.gov.uk/dadsatwork

Maternity Allowance, Sure Start Maternity Grant, Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Widowed Parent’s Allowance

Jobcentre Plus (Great Britain)
See phone book
www.direct.gov.uk/jobseekers

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit

Your local authority (Great Britain)
See phone book

Jobcentre Plus (Great Britain) if applying at same time as other benefits
See phone book
www.direct.gov.uk/jobseekers

Early education places

Family Information Service (Great Britain)
http://local.direct.gov.uk/LDGRedirect/index.jsp?LGSL=1579&LGIL=8&ServiceName=Find%20out%20about%20family%20information%20services

To find local childcare and nurseries (Great Britain)
Contact your local authority
http://www.familyandchildcaretrust.org/

School-related benefits

Your local education authority (Great Britain)

See phone book

Discretionary Support Fund

Next Step
Tel:             0800 100 900
www.direct.gov.uk/nextstep

Student services team at your college

Childcare Grant and Parents’ Learning Allowance

Student Finance England
Tel:             0845 300 5090
www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

For help claiming benefits

Citizens Advice Bureau (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
See phone book
www.citizensadvice.org.uk (England and Wales)
www.citizensadvice.co.uk (Northern Ireland)

Community Legal Advice (England and Wales)
Tel:             0845 345 4345
www.legalservices.gov.uk/public/community_legal_advice.asp

Bookstart

Bookstart is a national programme that encourages parents and carers to enjoy books with children from as early an age as possible.

Bookstart gives the gift of free books to children at three stages in their early life, along with guidance materials for parents and carers.

The scheme enjoys sponsorship from around 25 children’s publishers, Red House Books and government funding via the Sure Start Unit.

Bookstart Book Crawls

For children aged 0 – 4 years old.
You will be given a collector’s card when you join the Book Crawl and a sticker for the card each time your child visits the library.
When your card is full your child will qualify for a Bookstart Book Crawl certificate, which may be presented at a special event.

Rhymetimes

Fun and free Rhymetimes for babies, toddlers and their parents or carers are organised in many libraries around the county.  They aim to encourage parents and carers to share action songs and rhymes with babies from birth onwards.

Home Schooling

Educating your child at home

Most parents send their child to school, but you do have the right to educate your child at home. As a parent, you must ensure your child receives a full-time education from the age of five.

What’s required of you

The facts about home education are:

  • you do not need to be a qualified teacher to educate your child at home
  • your child is not obliged to follow the National Curriculum or take national tests, but as a parent you are required by law to ensure your child receives full-time education suitable to their age, ability and aptitude
  • any special educational needs your child may have must be recognised
  • you do not need special permission from a school or local authority to educate your child at home, but you do need to notify the school in writing if you’re taking your child out of school
  • you will need to notify the local authority if you are removing your child from a special school
  • you do not need to observe school hours, days or terms
  • you do not need to have a fixed timetable, nor give formal lessons
  • there are no funds directly available from central government for parents who decide to educate their children at home
  • some local authorities provide guidance for parents, including free National Curriculum materials

The role of your local authority

Local authorities can make informal enquiries of parents who are educating their children at home to establish that a suitable education is being provided. If your local authority makes an informal enquiry, you can provide evidence your child is receiving an efficient and suitable education by:

  • writing a report
  • providing samples of your child’s work
  • inviting a local authority representative to your home, with or without your child being present
  • meeting a local authority representative outside the home, with or without your child being present (representatives have no automatic right of access to your home)

If it appears to the local authority that a child is not receiving a suitable education, then it might serve a school attendance order.

Although you’re not legally required to inform your local authority when you decide to educate your child at home, it is helpful if you do so. The only exception to this is where your child is attending a special school under arrangements made by the local authority. In this case additional permission is required from the authority before the child’s name can be removed from the register.

If you are taking your child out of school to home educate them, you need to inform the school in writing. It’s advisable, but not compulsory, to inform your local authority of any significant changes in your circumstance relevant to your child’s education, like a change of address.

Find out more about home educating

Many local authorities have information online about educating your child at home. The following link will let you enter details of where you live and then take you to the relevant page on your local authority’s website.

Taken from: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/parents/schoolslearninganddevelopment/choosingaschool/dg_4016124

Further Reading

http://home-ed.info/

http://www.home-education.org.uk/

http://www.primaryhomeeducation.co.uk/

http://www.ahomeeducation.co.uk/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/homeschooling

http://www.oxfordhomeschooling.co.uk/

http://www.thegreenparent.co.uk/blog/post/he-what-to-read/

Waldorf Steiner Education in North Hampshire

There are no Steiner education schools in Basingstoke.

The nearest schools are listed below:

READING
Alder Bridge School * (1989)
EC-6 (70)
Bridge House, Mill Lane, Padworth, Berks. RG7 4JU
DfE: 869/6013
Tel 0118 971 4471
Fax 07092042631

info@alderbridge.w-berks.sch.uk

http://www.alderbridge.w-berks.sch.uk/

RINGWOOD
Ringwood Waldorf School (1974)
EC to 10 (270)
Folly Farm lane, Ashley, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 2NN
DfE: 835/6022
Tel 01425 472664

mail@ringwoodwaldorfschool.org.uk

http://www.ringwoodwaldorfschool.org.uk/

Interest Groups (non-accredited by SWSF)

HAMPSHIRE
Wildflowers Kindergarten, Kilmeston Village Hall, Alresford Hants SO24 ONR
Enquiries: Brockwood Park School, Bramdean, Hants SO24 0LQ
Tel 01962 771458

helena@wildflowers-kindergartens.co.uk

http://www.wildflowers-kindergartens.co.uk/

What is Steiner education?

Steiner education…

  • Works for all children irrespective of academic ability, class, ethnicity or religion;
  • Takes account of the needs of the whole child – academic, physical, emotional and spiritual;
  • Is based on an understanding of the relevance of the different phases of child development;
  • Develops a love of learning and an enthusiasm for school;
  • Sees artistic activity and the development of the imagination as integral to learning;
  • Is tried and tested and is part of state funded, mainstream provision in most European countries;
  • Is respected worldwide for its ability to produce very able young people who have a strong sense of self and diverse capacities that enable them to become socially and economically responsible citizens.

Who was Rudolf Steiner?

Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925) was an innovative academic born in Austria whose ideas founded the basis of Anthroposophy.

He applied his ideas to education as well as agriculture, medicine, architecture and social reform. The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship acknowledges Rudolf Steiner as the founding inspiration of modern day Steiner schools, but does not promote Anthroposophy or endorse every aspect of it.

For more details check out: http://www.steinerwaldorf.org/whatissteinereducation.html

Further Reading

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldorf_education

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/mortarboard/2008/nov/12/home-schooling-steiner

Related Pages

Education

Montessori Education in North Hampshire

The only Montessori nurseries/school’s found in Basingstoke are:

Chineham: http://www.abacusnurseryschool.co.uk/index.html – But this nursery is under new management so they may no longer be registered as a Montessori nursery

Near Basingstoke

Overton: http://steventonchildrenshouse.co.uk/

Alton: The Beehive Montessori

Alton: http://www.privettmontessori.co.uk/

Bishops Waltham: http://www.bishopswalthammontessori.co.uk/

Hartley Witney: http://www.caterpillarspreschool.co.uk/

Baughurst: http://www.granthamfarm.org/granthamfarm/

Grayshott: jane.m.fisher@btinternet.com

Winchester: http://www.hartley-house.co.uk/

Andover: magic.tower@foxcotte.force9.co.uk

Alresford: Meon Springs Montessori

North Warnborough: http://www.puddleducksmontessori.co.uk/

What is Montessori

“The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth.” Maria Montessori

For more information about Montessori education, please check out the links below:

All those Questions you’ve been dying to ask your Toddler…

1. What is something Mummy always says to you?

2. What makes Mummy happy?

3. What makes Mummy sad?

4. How does your mummy make you laugh?

5. What did your mummy like to do when she was little?

6. How old is your mummy?

7. How tall is your mummy?

8. What is her favorite thing to watch on TV?

9. What does your mummy do when you’re not there?

10. What is your mummy really good at?

11. What is your mummy not very good at?

12. What does your mummy do for her job?

13. What is your mummy’s favourite food?

14. What makes you proud of your mummy?

15. If your mummy were a cartoon character, who would she be?

16. What do you and your mummy do together?

17. How are you and your mummy the same?

18. How are you and your mummy different?

19. How do you know your mummy loves you?

20. What does your mummy like most about your daddy?

21. Where is your mummy’s favourite place to go?

22. What is one thing you wish you could change about your mummy?

23. What would your mummy do with a million pounds?

24. What do you wish you could go and do with your mummy?

25. What is one thing you hope never changes about your mummy?

Unwanted Baby Items – Recycle/Reuse/Sell

What do you do with all of those baby items that you no longer need but don’t want to throw away? If you don’t have friends with babies whom you can pass the items on to, then the linky’s below might help.

Regardless of the state of the material, someone, somewhere, will be able to make money from it, even if the item is no longer salvageable. So don’t throw those baby clothes away, just take them to the textile bank/bin.

Recycle/Reuse

(I’ve used Freegle many times as it gives me a little buzz when I’ve made someone’s day by giving them something that they need, for free!)

Give them to charity

(If you are looking for furniture for your children’s play room then this is a great place to pick up cheap sofas, cheap tables, etc.)

Charity Shops in Basingstoke

  • British Heart Foundation – Wote Street
  • RSPCA – London Street
  • Cancer Research UK – Wote Street
  • St Michaels Hospice Shop – Kings Road
  • Shaw Trust – Wote Street
  • St Michaels Hospice Retail Ltd – Chineham Shopping centre
  • Annies Charity Shop – Elmwood Parade, Winklebury

Donate them to North Hants Hospital Maternity Ward

I don’t have the details for this but it’s on my list of things to find out about. I think they will take newborn clothes, sterilising equipment and donations of unused pre-packaged formula.

If you are breastfeeding and are very lucky to have “extra” they are also desperate for breastmilk donations for SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit).

However, the closest breast milk bank is at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton.

http://www.porthosp.nhs.uk/departments/Maternity/Documents/Southampton_Human_Milk_Bank.pdf

Sell Them

(There are also Nearly New Sales coming up in Hartley Wintney and Fleet, Woodley, Yateley and Farnham)

(I’ve used this site to sell goods that are priced less than £50)

Does anybody have any other suggestions for recycling, reusing or selling unwanted baby items?

Facebook Selling Networks

Buggys of Basingstoke and Surrounding Areas

Buy/Sell Basingstoke Baby Age – 5 years bits

Clarks Children’s Shoe Exchange – North Hampshire

Fitmama Baby Seconds

Facebay Basingstoke and surrounding areas

Basingstoke clothes

Items for Sale in Basingstoke

Basingstoke Shoe-a-holics

Basingstoke buy and sell what you like