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Most babies hate getting their nappies changed! Why would you make it any worse than it needs to be by using COLD baby wipes?!?!

I’ve got to be honest, when the other half said she wanted to spend nearly £30 on a Wipes Warmer I wasn’t impressed! I think I said something like ‘you have got to be kidding, its for wiping poo off a bum!’

20 months later and I just don’t know how we could do without out it! ITS GREAT! I cant recommend it enough. We have even bought a couple recently for friends too. One of the mums said she’s noticed a reduction in nappy rash since she’s been using it on her 4 month old!

It never gets too hot and doesn’t even dry the wipes out like I thought it would.

I’m all for using anything that helps make the ‘trauma’ of nappy changing time a bit easier 😉

You can buy this wipes warmer on Amazon here.

Based on previous reviews we’d read, and trying to get a bit organised, we bought the BT 250 Digital Baby Monitor before the birth of our baby and it turned out to be a great purchase. Its been permanently plugged in every day since, and Max is now 20 months old!

The sound from the baby monitor is crystal clear, even at long distances, so you can still hear any noise coming from the babies bedroom while sitting in the garden (right, like any of us get a moment to crash in the garden when we have a baby!)

As silly as it sounds the volume control comes in handy! Sometimes babies high pitched yells can really be a rude awakening, so you can adjust the volume so its high enough to wake you, but not so loud that you have a heart attack! Just make sure you test this out with an adult to get the setting right as you don’t want to set it too low and leave your baby crying for hours while you are sound asleep!

The only slightly negative thing I would say is the temperature gauge which always seems to run a touch high, only a degree or maybe two, and of course once you know that you just factor it in and crack open a window or put the heating up as required.

The unit itself is fairly small and lightweight, so there no problem carrying it around.

You can buy the BT 250 Digital Baby Monitor on Amazon here.

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Sing and Sign Medway And Maidstone

Help your baby to communicate BEFORE speech with our award winning MUSIC programme!

Sing and Sign is the UK’s original and most popular baby signing programme.

  • Traditional and Original Songs
  • Puppets & Props – Meet Jessie Cat!
  • Instruments
  • Baby Sensory
  • Social Development
  • Emotional Development
  • Physical Fun
  • Small Classes
  • Weekly Themes

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SING & SIGN?

  • Reduces frustration (for baby and parent!)
  • Enhances early vocabulary and understanding
  • Enriches and strengthens the bond between baby and parent
  • Encourages the development of speech
  • Stimulates your baby’s intellectual and emotional development
  • Builds confidence and self-esteem
  • Helps you to understand your baby’s needs, thoughts and ideas

 

WHICH CLASS IS RIGHT FOR ME?

BABES (New) Any age up to 7 months (or a bit older if they’re not crawling)
This lovely class explores themes such as eye contact, gesture and anticipation together with lots of cuddles, tickles and some simple signs.
All building the framework for good communication and brought to you using our magic ingredient – music!

STAGE 1
 6 months plus
Our core curriculum, award-winning class, teaches baby signing the fun way! This class is suited to babies from around 6 or 7 months who like to sit up and enjoy the world around them, using music, gesture and fun to build on the communication enjoyed in Babes.
You’ll learn over 100 signs! Themes include basic signs that relate to your routines for example, nappy changing, bath time & bed time.
We also look at emotions as well as signs for things your baby may be interested in such as animals and vehicles.

STAGE 2  14 months to around 24 months
This stage covers concepts such as the weather, colours, being helpful, simple counting, opposites and even beginning phonetic awareness.
This class will become available from September 2014 so please contact me to added to the waiting list dianaculver@singandsign.co.uk

 

WHY CHOOSE SING & SIGN?
Learning the Sing and Sign way is gradual and effortless, building week on week.
Classes are themed and the weekly hand outs build into your own comprehensive guide to baby signing.

Thank you and don’t forget, if you do want a place please don’t delay as places are limited! 

If you require any further information have a look at the website www.singandsign.co.uk or call me for a chat!

Find Us Here:

St. Mary’s Island Community Centre, Chatham ME4 3EP

St Matthews Community Centre, Wigmore ME8 0NX

Kings Hill Community Centre, 70 Gibson Drive, ME19 4LG

Beechen Hall, Wildfell Close, Walderslade ME5 9RU

When:

TUESDAY
Kings Hill Community Centre, 70 Gibson Dr
Kings Hill, West Malling ME19 4LG
Stage 1: 9.45am – 10.30am
Babes:
10.30am – 11.15am

TUESDAY
St. Matthews Community Centre,
Wigmore ME8 0NX
Stage 1: 12.45pm – 13.30pm
Babes: 13.30pm – 14.15pm

WEDNESDAY:
St. Mary’s Island Community Centre,
Chatham ME4 3EP

Stage 1: 9.45am – 10.30am
Babes: 10.30am – 11.15am

THURSDAY:
Beechen Hall, Wildfell Close,
Walderslade ME5 9RU
Stage 1: 
9.30am – 10.15am
Babes: 
10.15am – 11.00am

Please text or call to secure your place and confirm the session is running.

Contact Us:

Address: Various
Tel: Diana Culver 07966 762106
Email: dianaculver@singandsign.co.uk
Website: www.singandsign.co.uk

 

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big-weekend-kentKent people are being offered a record 25,000 free tickets to enjoy a day out during this year’s Kent Big Weekend at one of more than 112 visitor attractions and experiences across the county.

Details of all the destinations taking part can be seen in full when the Kent Big Weekend website, www.kentbigweekend.co.uk, opens for business on Monday, February 3.

And everyone will have until midnight on Monday, February 24 to apply for the free tickets which will be allocated, up to two per Kent household, by ballot once the website has closed.

Kent Big Weekend, being held on March 29 and 30, celebrates the county’s tourism and hospitality businesses that contribute more than £3.4 billion a year to the Kent economy and support 64,600 jobs.

The countywide event, organised by Visit Kent, will also mark the start of English Tourism Week in the county highlighting the importance of tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors in the national economy.

This spring’s Kent Big Weekend features many opportunities to get out and about in some of the county’s finest scenery or enjoy a range of sporting activities from watersports, cycling and golf to experiencing the thrills of one of the UK’s leading karting tracks.

History fans can uncover the secrets of the country’s most famous castles, historic houses and gardens, and iconic cathedrals and castles alongside the many Kent museums, and historic and prehistoric sites taking part.

Popular wild animal parks and farm attractions, as well as activity centres and themed destinations, promise great entertainment for all ages. And tours at Kent vineyards, cider makers and breweries will introduce visitors to some of the local ingredients that have earned the county its reputation as the Garden of England.

Meanwhile, there are also lots of opportunities to learn new or hone former skills such as jewellery and papermaking, ceramics and ballroom dancing.

Sandra Matthews-Marsh, chief executive at Visit Kent, said:

“The Kent Big Weekend really highlights what a wide range of attractions and destinations our county has to offer its 57 million visitors each year. And this special Visit Kent event for local residents gives us all a chance to have a fun day out and discover attractions and destinations on our doorstep which we can then recommend to visitors, friends and family.”

 

COMPETITION CLOSED 31st JANUARY!!! WINNERS ANNOUNCED BELOW!

CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/KentParents

 

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN AN ANNUAL FAMILY TICKET TO LEEDS CASTLE – “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CASTLE IN THE WORLD”!

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And the winner is…..Miriam Melvin of Gillingham!

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Miriam (right) collecting her tickets from Hannah Lawrence , Marketing Assistant at Leeds Castle

CONGRATULATIONS!

More competitions coming soon!

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PUDDLE DUCKS WEST KENT & EAST SUSSEX offers award winning Baby and Preschool swimming classes at 9 locations across West Kent and East Sussex as well as Aquanatal classes for Mums–to–be.

We take little ones through a  structured programme carefully designed to develop their natural affinity with the water and encourage them to learn to swim independently.

Taught in lovely warm pools with a maximum of nine children, our classes incorporate rhyme, music and movement based on extensive child development research. We’ve even had our unique class songs written by professional musicians.

We also teach invaluable water-safety and personal survival skills in our classes, which the children love practicing in our termly Pyjama Parties!

Don’t take our word for it, click her and see what our own customers have to say about our classes:

>> Puddle Ducks West Kent & East Sussex Customer Testimonials <<

Class Levels:
Floaties – 0-6 months
Splashers – 6 -15 months
Kickers – 15 months – 2.5 Years
Little Dippers – 2 – 5 years
Dippers – 2 – 5 Years (advanced)

When:

Our Terms run with the school Terms

Spring Term: Jan – April

Summer Term: April – July

Autumn Term: September – December

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Classes are held at various Locations across West Kent & East Sussex

>> Puddle Ducks West Kent & East Sussex Classes, Dates, Times and Venues <<

Tel: 01892 617246

Email: westkentandeastsussex@puddleducks.com

Website: www.puddleducks.com

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Karate Leadership UK Ashford is a Family martial arts school with classes for all ages and abilities! Whether you are a complete beginner or already a Black Belt we have a class to suit your needs.

Our programmes include:
Little Ninjas for 3 – 5 year old’s
Kids Classes
Family Classes
Ladies Only
Adults Only

Classes are held at our own Dojo, which provides our students with the perfect safe, clean and comfortable training environment, allowing our students to focus on improving their skills and techniques.

Classes are taught in a lively and fun way whilst still upholding the traditions of martial arts.

Classes are run by Sensei Panton.

As well as our Ashford Dojo, we also have other locations – Lordswood, Maidstone, West Malling, Headcorn, Lenham, Strood.

Find Us Here:

Karate Leadership UK, Ashford

When:

Monday
Little Ninja’s 17:00 – 17:30
Family class 17:30 – 18:00
Leadership 18:00 – 18:30
Ladies Only 18:30 – 19:15

Tuesday
SuperNinjas 17:00 – 17:30
Family Class 17:30 – 18:00
Leadership 18:00 – 18:30
Intermediates 18:30 – 19:00
Blackbelt & Advanced 19:00 – 19:45
Adults Only 19:45 – 20:30

Wednesday
Little Ninja’s 16:00 – 16:30
Family Class 16:30 – 17:00
Intermediates 17:00 – 17:30
Advanced 17:30 – 18:00
Blackbelt 18:00 – 18:45
Ladies Only 19:00 – 19:45

Friday
Family Class 17:30 – 18:00
Leadership 18:00 – 18:30
Intermediates 18:30 – 19:00
Adults Only 19:00 – 19:45

Saturday
Little Ninja’s 09:30 – 10:00
Family Class 10:00 – 10:30
Leadership 10:30 – 11:00
Intermediate 11:00 – 11:30
Blackbelt & Advanced 11:30 – 12:15
CIT 12:30 – 13:30

Contact Us:

Address:
Unit 8 Hilton Business Centre
Wotton Road
Ashford
Kent
TN23 6LL

Tel: 01233 220315

Email: klukashford@leadershipuk.com

Website: www.karateleadershipuk.co.uk

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Kent County Council is to keep open almost half of the 23 children’s centres it had threatened to close as part of a cost-cutting shake-up. But while there is a reprieve for the 11 on the council’s initial hitlist, some will have their opening hours cut and 12 centres are to close. Some of the 12 earmarked for closure could be run from other places – although there are no details of how that could happen.

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The shake-up of Kent’s 97 centres has proved controversial and KCC faced protests and campaigns to keep many centres open – often backed by Conservative MPs.

About 6,000 people responded to a three-month public consultation on the plans, with many criticising what they saw as cuts to a vital service for parents and young children.

Cllr Jenny Whittle (Con), cabinet member for specialist childrens services, acknowledged the consultation had demonstrated the role the centres played.

She said: “I have listened to parents and seen first-hand the impact these centres have and, where they are vital to the community, we have found ways to keep them open.

“This consultation has never been about reducing services and these will continue to be delivered in alternative buildings in areas where a centre closes.

“I am confident that these changes will result in high-quality, effective children’s centres to support the children and families of Kent into the future.”

Cllr Whittle added: “We have had to make tough decisions, but we have sought to save centres from closure where it would have had a substantial impact.”

Several MPs – including Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins and Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson – backed campaigns for those under threat.

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The remaining centres will be reorganised. There will be 17 lead centres, linked to 43 full-time centres and 25 part-time centres.

Where KCC provides other services from the centres that are to close – such as health – they will be relocated.

The re-organisation will be considered by county councillors next Thursday.

Labour group leader Cllr Gordon Cowan said: “This is a devastating day for those centres that are closing and have lost out. We are taking away services that we know offer support and intervention for vulnerable families and often help those families from splitting up.”
He predicted that KCC was likely to cut back even further in the next two years.
“KCC will come back for further reductions because they need to save even more money in the next two years.”

The 12 centres that will close are

Cherry Blossom in Wye, Squirrel Lodge in Furley Park, Ashford, Little Bees in Littlebourne, Daisy Chains in Meopham, Little Painters in Painters Ash, Loose, Dunton Green, Merry-Go-Round in Westerham, Hadlow, Larkfield, Pembury and Primrose in North Deal.

KCC is exploring the possibility of keeping buildings at Loose, Dunton Green and Hadlow to deliver outreach services in the area.

Of the 11 centres that will remain open, five will stay as they are

St Mary’s, Faversham; New Romney; Folkestone Early Years; Temple Hill in Dartford; and Woodgrove in Sittingbourne.

The remaining six will open with reduced opening hours

Maypole in Dartford; The Village in Folkstone; Swalecliffe in Whitstable; Briary in Herne Bay; Apple Tree in Chartham; Marden and Tina Rintoul in Hersden.

In Dover, two centres will merge: The Daisy and The Buttercup.

 

Original article published by Paul Francis on the KM: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/news/childrens-centres-9429/

 

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Baby massage classes are a great fun way to meet new mums and to spend one to one time with your baby.

The benefits of massage are long lasting for both mums and babies and can help strengthen your bond with your baby, improve sleeping, give relief from wind, colic & constipation.

I run small informal classes over 5 weeks which cover a new body part each week culminating in a full massage session in the final class.

Each class is 90 minutes and refreshments are provided at the end of the massage to allow you chance to relax and chat with other mums.

The classes are totally baby led so if your child needs to be changed, fed or just cuddled, that’s absolutely fine. I show you the strokes on a doll so even if you can’t massage your baby at the time you can still learn the strokes.

Babies are welcome from approx 5-6 weeks until 7 months and the cost for each baby is £55 for the 5 weeks.

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Classes run on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Please contact me for the next available course.

 

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Address:
Farnaby Road
Shortlands
BR1 4BJ

Tel: Emma Grimshaw 07723 580075

Email: emma@contentedangels.co.uk

Website: www.contentedangels.co.uk

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Fun, friendly baby sign language classes.

Come and learn to communicate with your baby before they can talk. Signing eases frustration and aids speech development.

Learn several new BSL signs each week on a theme – bathtime, meals, getting ready etc – sign along to familiar nursery rhymes & songs, then enjoy some social time with a cuppa and a biscuit while the babies play.

When your baby first tells you she wants her milk or he heard a bird it’s amazing!

Come and join the fun, and learn something worthwhile at the same time.

 

Price: £6 per family per class, or block book to save at £30 per 6 week half term or £60 per 12 week term.

Places are limited, please call ahead to book your space!

Find Us Here:

St John’s Centre, Meopham

St Paul’s URC Hall, Gravesend

Kings Hill Community Centre

When & Where:

Current Classes

Wednesday
11am-12pm – The St. John’s Centre, Wrotham Road, Meopham, Kent DA13 0AA

Wednesday
12.15pm – 13.15pm – The St. John’s Centre, Wrotham Road, Meopham, Kent DA13 0AA

Thursday
10.30am – 11.30am – St Paul’s URC Hall, Singlewell Road, Gravesend DA11 7RE

Thursday
13.15pm – 14.15pm – Kings Hill Community Centre, 70  Gibson Drive, West Malling ME19 4LG

Contact Us:

Address: Various

Tel: Deborah Hart 07811949975

Email: debh@tinytalk.co.uk

Website: www.tinytalk.co.uk/debh

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