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Your Baby Skin to Skin: Learn to trust your baby’s instincts in the first year

Your Baby Skin to Skin is about to be published by well-known local midwife Rachel Fitz-Desorgher.

Launching on 28th April 2017 it offers a unique approach for new mums, giving them the confidence to enjoy their newborns – the antithesis of books that promote structured routines.

Your Baby Skin to Skin takes parents on a reassuring and practical journey through baby’s first year, grounded in the knowledge that your baby is a highly evolved being, pre-set to thrive and survive.

With over 30 years’ experience, Rachel helps you understand your baby and teaches you to stop fighting against their inbuilt reflexes and instinctive cues. Instead, she uncovers the reasons babies act the way they do, which produces many ‘lightbulb’ moments of recognition – even in the most sleep-deprived parent.

Your Baby Skin to Skin:

De-mystifies why babies act as they do – looking at the science behind their immature autonomic nervous system and their natural survival instincts.

Is the antithesis of books that promote structured routines for babies that do not work.

Encourages parents to trust their newborn, giving them the confidence to enjoy their baby.

Rachel says: “If you respond to your baby’s needs you can’t get parenting ‘wrong’. No-one taught us to sneeze, we can’t get better at sneezing through practice and we can’t sneeze ‘wrong’! Likewise, a newborn baby comes ready-primed to feed, sleep and learn and cannot get these things wrong, so turn down your anxiety and learn from your little instinctive expert.”

Rachel lives in Earley and is the co-creator of Henley Birthcare, a unique freelance midwifery and doula service offering bespoke care to clients in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, London and the Home Counties.

With 30 years as a midwife and mother to four boys, Rachel is a true expert in the field. The book is already receiving excellent reviews and we’re delighted to have testimonials from renowned pregnancy expert Zita West and actress Joanna Page who she supported with post-natal care.

Rachel is hosting a book launch on 28th April at The Bell Bookshop in Henley-on Thames.

Ever wanted to run your own business? Why not join the mum2mum market team!

Mum2mum market baby and children’s nearly new sales are now well-established in South Oxfordshire, with regular successful events being held in three venues over the past year. The franchise is now up for sale. This is a great opportunity to build your own profitable business, working flexibly from home.

You could be running your own busy nearly new sales within weeks, and no previous experience is necessary. Full training is provided by mum2mum market head office, and there is lots of ongoing support from a large network of franchisees across the country.

The added advantage of taking on the South Oxfordshire franchise is that the business is already up and running, and you can benefit from the advice and experience of the current franchise owner. The price is negotiable, and includes lots of useful resources to help you get started, such as clothes rails, banners, posters and lists of contacts. For more details about this exciting opportunity please email Claire: southoxon@mum2mummarket.co.uk

Do you have a little one who loves to ask questions and likes being ‘hands on’? Why not try Mini Professors fun pre-school science classes for 2-5 year olds?

From the people who brought you Baby Sensory & Toddler Sense, these fantastic classes will introduce your child to the exciting world of science. Taught through hands-on experiments, be-spoke videos & story-telling, discovering a new science topic each week. Our fab 40 minute classes covering everything from polymers to dinosaurs, maths to tropical rainforests, evolution to gravity and much, much more.

Developing language & social skills, fine & motor skills, taking turns and so on, but most importantly, they learn that science is FUN!

At Mini Professors we explain science in simple ways with fun experiments, and our Mini Professors are encouraged to explore, ask questions and experiment as much as possible – which we know children love to do!

“Tell me I forgot, show me I learn, involve me I understand”.

Currently running in Abingdon and launching soon in Didcot & Wallingford. 
Come along and give it a try! 
Contact Leigh oxfordsouth@miniprofessors.co.uk


Would you know what to do if your child was ill or had an accident? Ladybird First Aid classes

Ladybird First Aid offers 2 hour baby & child or child & adult First Aid classes, at local venues or in the comfort of your home, from £15.00 per person (minimum 4 people). Babies under 1 are welcome. The class covers CPR, choking, recovery position, febrile seizures, meningitis, burns, head injuries and more…

A recent review from a mummy, Laura who took the class: ‘The 2hr baby and child first aid course was fantastic and really gave us all confidence and reassurance. Rachel is a fantastic teacher and we can’t thank her enough for her time today and for the invaluable training. Brilliant course, we highly recommend it!’

Workplace certified courses are available including 12 hr Paediatric First Aid (Ofsted and EYFS recognised) and Emergency First Aid at work at your place of work, at home or in local venues, day and evening courses available.

Contact Rachel on rachel@ladybirdfirstaid.com or 07812 164350



Twitter: @ladybfirstaid

Sing, Dance and Act with Stagecoach!

Stagecoach Performing Arts is proud to be the largest network of part time performing arts schools, offering young people age 4 to 18 classes in singing, dance and drama. Through our expert tuition we aim to encourage all students to explore their creativity, use their imaginations and grow in skill, equipping them not only for performing on stage but also for performing in life.

Students are taught by skilled professionals who are fully DBS checked, ensuring your child is safe with us. We combine our training with frequent performance opportunities making Stagecoach perfect for those who wish to pursue a career in the arts or those who simply want to learn new skills whilst having fun.

We are now enrolling for our new term and have branches in Abingdon, High Wycombe, Henley & Marlow and Thame & Watlington! To find out more or to book your two week trial book your two week trial just contact your local Principal.

Abingdon – 01865 390970 abingdon@stagecoach.co.uk

Thame & Watlington – 01865 763767: thame@stagecoach.co.uk

High Wycombe, Henley and Marlow – 01494 533203: henleyandmarlow@stagecoach.co.uk

Swing along with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music, the award-winning pre-school music group for children aged 3 months – 4 years across the UK, holds classes on five days each week in term time across Oxfordshire, with venues in Oxford, Abingdon, Thame and Wallingford.

Based on an exciting progressive curriculum, Monkey Music provides weekly classes that are entertaining and educational. Our specialist teachers encourage social and musical skills within a fun, stimulating and friendly environment. Classes are small and tailor-made, with the children grouped according to their age. Catchy music, percussion instruments and visual props captivate the children, and they are given the opportunity to experiment with the instruments and make their own music too.  Over 500 traditional and original songs, musical games and exciting movement ideas are used throughout our four age-appropriate curricula. We also offer birthday parties and holiday workshops.

To find out more, or to book your complimentary class, email Flick & Richard at oxford@monkeymusic.co.uk or call 01235 519806.  Or why not visit the interactive website at www.monkeymusic.co.uk/area/oxford to sample some of the delights of Monkey Music for yourself?

We look forward to welcoming you and your little one soon!

As seen on Dragons’ Den – mum2mum market now in South Oxfordshire!

As seen on BBC Dragons’ Den, the award-winning mum2mum market nearly new sales have arrived in South Oxfordshire! If you are looking for great quality pre-loved baby and children’s clothes, toys and equipment at bargain prices, you’ll find a huge choice under one roof at these pop-up indoor markets.

If you have outgrown items to sell, simply book a stall online, sell direct to other parents and keep all your takings on the day. It’s a fun and hassle-free way to clear your clutter! www.mum2mummarket.co.uk/book-a-stall.html.

Entry to the sale is £2 on the door for adults – free for children and in the last half-hour when there are still plenty of bargains to be had. Bring a friend for free with a 2 for 1 voucher: www.mum2mummarket.co.uk/get-free-entry.html.

There are plenty of bargain-hunting opportunities with sales held regularly in Abingdon, Didcot and Wantage. Don’t miss these upcoming events:

Saturday 3 December 2-4pm at Fitzharrys School, ABINGDON

Saturday 4 February 2-4pm at DIDCOT Girls’ School

Saturday 18 March 2-4pm at Fitzharrys School, ABINGDON

Not only Tea and Coffee at The Quad, Faringdon – kids’ playroom, ice cream and more!

The Quad Tea & Coffee Rooms was opened in August 2015 by Jason Davenport located within the Davenports Business Centre, previously better known as Barclays Bank in Faringdon.

My name is Sarah Hussey and I became owner of The Quad in mid-December.  I am proud to have developed it into four divisions, so in addition to the tea rooms, we have:

The Kid’s-Quad playroom which opened in January is a sanctuary for mums, dads, grandparents and carers where they can relax alongside the kids.  We are totally flexible and will make any combination off our menu that the kids want.  We also cater and host birthday parties of all ages, christenings and group meetings.

Scoops@TheQuad was established early Spring offering handmade ice creams in unusual flavours and unique creations including Ice Cream Tea Stands, Brownie Bowls, Sundaes and a wide range of sweet toppings.

The fourth part of the business is Quad-Collectibles where we offer a variety of collectible items for sale both antique, curios and more modern film and comic collectibles. The Tea Rooms has become both a popular community venue for locals and attracts passing tourists and visitors who view our great reviews online at Trip Advisor and Facebook.

Please visit our website www.thequadfaringdon.co.uk

Fairytale Farm hopes for sparkling 2016 Christmas display following lights theft

Fairytale Farm, the magical farm park just outside Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, has announced details of its 2016 Christmas Fairytale event, after its 2015 event was almost plunged into darkness after thieves stole most of the lights.

Owner Nick Laister says: “Last year our Christmas event was almost cancelled because most of our Christmas lights were stolen, leaving us less than a week until opening. It was a real blow and the worst possible timing. Our team had to work extra hard to make it happen. But everyone pulled together, including the local community, and made last year’s event a great success. I don’t think most of our visitors realised that things had gone so badly wrong for us, which is what we were hoping for!”

The Fairytale Farm team has been working right through the year to make the 2016 Christmas Fairytale the best ever: “We have new Christmas activities, new and improved Christmas lights and some changes to our grotto. We will have a magical illuminated grotto entrance, and every parent of a child who visits Santa will get a mince pie and mulled wine.”

Our Christmas Fairytale is on Saturdays and Sundays from 3rd December to 18th December and then daily 19th to 24th December.

Nick adds: “Visitors of all ages will be able to join in with various festive activities, enjoy all the usual Fairytale Farm attractions and see our enchanting Christmas lights. Special Christmas activities include Christmas cookie decorating, a chance to find clues to discover Santa’s favourite Christmas carol and Christmas colouring. But the highlight for every child is sure to be the visit to see Santa in his indoor fairytale grotto where they will be able to have a chat with the man himself and receive a lovely present from Santa’s workshop. And children who visit before Christmas Eve will get a chance to write to Father Christmas  with their wish list and post it in our special SantaMail post box.”

Nick says that the Fairytale Farm grotto is something special: “We are very proud of our Grotto, which has received very positive comments – quite a few people have remarked that it is the best they have ever experienced. We do genuinely believe that we offer a Grotto that is everything a child could imagine, and more besides – there are lots of little touches that appeal to the adults too. But I am saying nothing more about that – you will have to visit to see what they are!  We want the whole family to get into the Christmas spirit at Fairytale Farm!”

The animal areas and adventure playground will be open until dusk, after which we switch on our Christmas lights, creating a wonderland of colour.

Nick concludes: “This will be a truly magical event which will create special memories. Our spectacular Christmas lights will be bigger and better this year with some new surprises that those who visited last year won’t have seen. With a warm and cosy grotto, lots of seasonal activities for the whole family, our unique Christmas lights and all the other usual farm attractions, we believe we have the best Christmas event in the area.”

Grotto tickets are £5.20, plus normal farm admission, and this includes Santa visit, gift, Christmas cookie decorating plus the mince pie and mulled wine for the parents and all the other Christmas activities that the whole family can join in. Non-farm visitors can still meet Santa for £7.99.

Please note that Mouse Town – which has been specially themed for Christmas – will only be open between 12.30 and 1.30pm.

The farm is located on the A44 just outside Chipping Norton, and more details are on our website: www.fairytalefarm.co.uk.

EduGuru Maths – fun learning for toddlers

EduGuru Apps are designed and built to help children learn outside of the classroom, stimulate their imagination and make learning an open-ended fun activity. Cute and basic animations guide toddlers through the key UK national curriculum subjects of Maths, English, Science & Technology and Art & Music.

EduGuru Maths is the first in the series and has been designed for 3-5 year olds in close collaboration with UK teachers, nursery schools and parents. The app is packed with 128 fun to play games (wrapped in 8 core games) and priced at £1.99, with no subscription fee and all updates are provided free of charge.

EduGuru Maths covers key curriculum-based mathematical concepts and skills including:

  • Counting 1-10-20
  • Number recognition and ordering
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Matching, doubling, halving and sharing
  • UK/English coins, money and values
  • Telling the time
  • Patterns, shapes and sequences
  • Colours
  • Size, weight, distance and position

EduGuru Maths also features new and fun renditions of the classic nursery rhymes, Ba Ba Black Sheep and Hickory Dickory Dock, for toddlers to explore and sing along to.

EduGuru’s Apps contain no third party links or advertising, so allow children to learn and explore in a safe and secure environment, and importantly, as children progress through the games, they are rewarded, and motivated to continue learning, with trophies and medals.  This means that parents can be sure that children playing EduGuru Apps are experiencing, and practising, learning skills in accordance with the recommendations of early childhood experts.

The Game Creators, the UK-based development company that has  designed and developed the EduGuru apps, were instrumental in producing the highly successful Fun School, Art Attack and Klik n Play in the 90’s. Building on the legacy of these popular games, and whilst the technology now makes games much more readily accessible, they believe the fundamentals of learning while you play remain and are an important part of the mix in a child’s education.

Website: EduGuru Maths

YouTube EduGuru Maths gameplay video

YouTube EduGuru video

Twitter @EduGuru_Apps


EduGuru 3-5 Maths (available iOS, Android Google & Amazon)

iOS Store link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/eduguru-maths-kids-age-3-5/id1098240027?mt=8

Google Store link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thegamecreators.edugurumaths5&hl=en