Buggyfit Odiham and Hook

Buggyfit is an outdoor exercise class for Mum’s. Designed to get Mum’s out and exercising safely, and the plus side is that babies come too.

Classes enable Mum’s to rebuild their pelvic floor, their core, stamina and tone their body, whilst also stocking up on that all important vitamin D!

Classes involve using a variety of different circuits and exercises.

There is always lots of laughter, and chance to make friends, it doesn’t matter if baby cries, we change what we are doing and the instructor helps to keep them entertained.

Classes run –

Monday 1.15pm

Wednesday 9.45am

We meet outside The Hive Community centre on Kersley Crescent, Odiham (RG29 1QH). This is the first building on the right.

For more details get in touch with Anna on 07920 405512, or email buggyfit.odiham@ugrace.co.uk.

You can also look us up on twitter and Facebook. More info available here – http://ucgrace.co.uk/buggyfit.html.

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Winklebury School Summer Fayre – Sat 17th June 2017

The fayre is Saturday 17th June 11am – 2pm and is to raise funds for the school.

We fund the exciting things like easter egg hunts, Christmas and leavers parties and this year we were able to donate towards technology as well!

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My Experience: Y1 Phonics Screening Check

This may or may not be a controversial post…

Miss NHM has her Y1 Phonics test next week. Apparently it is a 5-10 minute check of words that is done with a teacher that is “known” to her.

We haven’t done any preparation for the test. I’ve read all sorts of horror stories about parents who are hiring experts to “coach” their children for these tests. The parent Y1 Facebook group was all of a flurry during half term, with parents spending a couple of HOURS going through the “phonics workbooks” that were sent home at the end of term. (Workbooks for 6 year olds. Phonics for HOURS during half term. Seriously???!!!)

(My favourite bit on the facebook group is when parents post up the list of spellings for the week, because there is invariably some child who didn’t get their spellings that week, with their children’s answers next to them. All written perfectly of course.)

In the past week I’ve read LOTS of stuff about the Phonics test, what it involves and why it’s being done. I really don’t understand why the Department of Education feels the need to test 6 year olds on anything and that ANY child, under the age of 13 can be listed as having “failed” at anything. A great way to make the parents AND child feel like failures.

Anyway, my understanding is the reason for the phonics test is to try to increase the number of children who read?

I’m sorry, but am I missing something here? It seems obvious to me that the best way to get children to read is to switch off the TV and technology!!

Just switch off the TV!

Why do we insist on making things so complicated? Why do we have these overly complicated tests that cost a fortune to run, when we should be trusting teachers to do their jobs and parents to invest in their children by switching off the TV and encouraging them to read or listen to audio books?

Personally, I had never heard of a digraph or trigraph before Miss NHM’s homework a few weeks ago. I understand that teaching techniques have changed considerably since I was a child but if I’ve managed to get through THE WHOLE OF MY LIFE without knowing what a “trigraph” is, then why is it so important that it be drummed into my daughter?

Honestly, the more I see and experience about our current education system in the UK, the more I slap my head repeatedly.

Er, so maybe a bit controversial and maybe a bit ranty too but that’s the perk of having your own blog! 😀 😀 :-D.

I know you won’t hold back but what are your thoughts on the Y1 Phonics test?

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The next “Baby and Me” classes – June 2017

“Thrilled to let u all know another course has been agreed…highly recommended for any mums with young babies. Feedback has been brilliant from previous course and looks fab”!

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Track Party: Epic playtime comes to Basingstoke! Sunday 28th May 2017

NorthHantsMum sponsors the Basingstoke Track Party!!!!!
An event for the whole family, where children can play with trains
cars and dinosaurs!
Come and play with trains, cars and dinosaurs!
BOOK HERE **http://bit.ly/2ni97fR** BOOK HERE

When: May 28th, 10am till 5pm

Where: Old Basing Village Hall,The Street, Basingstoke, RG24 7DA

How Much: £7 per play session, Adults are free (free tea and coffee for all adults)

Play Sessions available: 6 hourly sessions, starting from 10am (see below for sessions)

  • Session 1 (10am till 11am) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session 2 (11.10am till 12.10pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session 3 ( 12.20pm till 1.20pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session 4 (1.30pm till 2.30pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session 5 (2.40pm till 3.40pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session Hire (3.50pm till 4.50pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– Hire a whole session all for your party! More information HERE

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KeepaBeat: First Aid Classes

Thank you North Hants Mum for letting us tell you a little bit about what we do!

KeepaBeat is a new, local paediatric first aid company looking to provide everyone who has any responsibility for children that all important, life saving skills they may just need one day, be it parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, friends…everyone!  We want to spread the word that first aid isn’t scary and that you can make a big difference in those first few vital moments.

Consider these facts:

  • 44% of parents have not learned basic first aid in preparation for the arrival of their baby
  • A third of parents have had to rush their children in to hospital at some point.
  • And 82% of parents would not know what to do first if their child fell over, started to choke, or was burnt.

After dialing 999, the operator will talk you through the actions you need while waiting for the ambulance. Wouldn’t it be better if you had already practiced and the operator was just coaching you?

What do we cover?

Our 2 hour First Aid for Parents course is aimed at anyone who has contact with children including parents, aunties, uncles, grandparents, friends, neighbours, anybody!  We cover the basics such as Baby and Child CPR and Recovery position and Baby and Child Choking sequences but also Head Bumps, Burns, Temperature (including Febrile Convulsions) Croup and Meningitis.

What makes us unique?

  • Facts – nobody leaves our class with the wrong advice and if we are unsure of the answer to any question you pose, we will contact our industry experts and have an answer within 14 days, guaranteed.
  • More Manikins – We ensure there are no more than 2 people per manikin giving you more time to practice life-saving techniques.
  • Over Trained Trainers – All KeepaBeat trainers have attended the KeepaBeat training course and hold a First Aid at Work Qualification and a Level 3 award in Training and Education.
  • Reassurance – we are ofqual regulated, unlike many other providers.

Who Are we?

The Basingstoke team consists of Deputy Sister Ashley who qualified as a nurse in 2008 who has three wonderful children of her own, and a familiar face to you many of you and Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense Class Leader Claire.  We are both very excited to share this invaluable program with you.

What Our Delegates Have Said..

“Brilliant and professional, relaxed classes run by Ashley she was more than happy to answer questions throughout the session.  All ages were made to feel comfortable and welcome”

“Very Informative – feel more confident knowing signs to look for and how to react in certain situations.”

“Thank you, the course was very good and gave simple instructions to follow”

Where are we?

We hold course all over the Basingstoke and North Hampshire area including Burghfield, Alton, and Crondall.  We can also cater for private groups in your own home at a time that suits you, please contact us for further details.

To book on simply pop along to KeepaBeat Basingstoke Region to secure you space.  Spaces are very limited.

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Kids Kan Dance: Father’s Day Class

Kids Kan Dance Present………

A Special Class for Daddies and their Daughters or Sons. Come and experience a Kids Kan Dance class with a special Fathers Day Twist !!

Saturday 17th June and Sunday 18th June – @ Moniton Trading Estate, Basingstoke.

This hours class is just £6 per child and will be a fun packed hour of dancing, games and FUN FUN FUN !!!!

Superhero and Princess Fancy Dress encouraged (for the kids, or daddies too if you wish!) Mummies also welcome!!

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL @
https://www.kidskandance.co.uk/join-us
Please complete the form and select ‘Fathers Day Dance’ in the class options.

Happy Dancing everyone x

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Basingstoke in Bloom

Basingstoke in Bloom are FREE gardening and Photography competitions open to all residents, businesses, associations, community groups and schools within Basingstoke & Deane Borough.

It has been run by volunteers since 2012, after the Council gave it up.

People can apply by post or on-line through the website. The website also holds more details about the competitions.

www.basingstokeinbloom.com

The closing date is 14th July 2017, with Schools closing date of 7th July 2017.

 

The Borough runs from Highclere to Stratfield Saye to Preston Candover to St Mary Bourne!

So we would like as many people, groups & businesses as possible to get involved!

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NHM Readers recommend pottery painting with children

I recently asked the Friends of  my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook where can you do pottery painting with children in the local area. (Thank you very much to everyone who responded and to Shona for putting this post together!!)

This is what they came back with, in no particular order!

NHM Readers Recommend Pottery Painting Venues to take children

The Ceramics Cafe  

Unit 2, Coronation Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4HA

Only open on Saturdays between 10am and 5.30pm

Pots2Paint

Units 9&10, Viables Craft Centre, The Harrow Way, Basingstoke, RG22 4BJ

Open Tuesday to Saturday between 10.30am and 5.30pm

Pots to Doodle Do

The Old Village Shop, Church Lane, Cliddesden, Basingstoke, RG25 2JQ

Open during term time Thursday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. During school holidays, open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm

Just Ceramics

Unit 3, The Old Stables, Oakhanger Farm Business Park, Oakhanger, GU35 9JA

Open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday’s 11am – 4pm.

Playdays

2 Stewart Road, Basingstoke, RG24 8NF

Playdays offer pottery parties and also regularly do pottery painting and play sessions for occasions such as Easter, Mother’s Day etc.

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