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Godstone Farm’s new day nursery and pre-school has been officially opened by the Member of Parliament for East Surrey, Claire Coutinho. The new team of expert staff and excited children enjoyed a special ribbon-cutting ceremony undertaken by Ms Coutinho, joined by Godstone Farm mascot, ‘Wiglet the Piglet’ and the original founder of Godstone Farm, 82-year-old grandmother of nine, Jackie Flaherty.

The new purpose-built nursery is set within the grounds of the popular family farm and enjoys access to the 45 acres of verdant Surrey Hills within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With places for children ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years, the nursery offers a distinctive natural ethos, focused on child-led play with free flow access to a large garden and regular visits to the farm to see the animals.

Lucy Nicholson, Nursery Manager at Godstone Farm Nursery & Pre-School comments: “Today was a real highlight for both the team and the children at the nursery, to celebrate the official opening. Many of the children were especially excited to meet Wiglet!

So far, we’ve experienced strong demand from parents wishing to ensure their little ones are nurtured in a natural setting, with plenty of fresh air and wholesome fun. Inside, the nursery we have a stimulating range of equipment and a variety of activities which encourage independence, self-motivation and eagerness to learn. This is complemented by our nature-centred ethos running through everything we do.”

Nicola Henderson, CEO of Godstone Farm comments: “We are delighted to mark the official opening of the new nursery here on the farm. It’s been over a year in planning, working closely with the award-wining farm-based nursery group, Kids Play childcare. We’re especially pleased that not only has our local MP been so supportive of our efforts to expand the farm’s offering, but also that our founder, Jackie Flaherty was here today. For over forty years, Jackie has been at the helm of Godstone Farm, seeing generations of her own family and millions of other children thrive from a day spent on the farm.”

Jackie Flaherty added: “I know that many parents appreciate more than ever the importance of fantastic childcare provision and the benefits of a warm, bright and dynamic early years setting. It’s a joy to see the farm evolve into both a family attraction, as well as a place for children to learn and grow.”

Claire Coutinho MP commented: It’s a real delight to see the children settling into Godstone Farm’s new nursery. Jackie and the team have created a wonderful world for them to grow up immersed in nature.

Open day tours of the nursery are now being offered for prospective parents. The next open day is Saturday 2nd October. To find out more and register an interest in the new day nursery, please visit www.godstonefarmdaynursery.co.uk

OCTOBER HALF TERM – FLASH SALE!
BOOK HOLIDAY CLUBS EARLY AND BENEFIT FROM OUR EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!
CAMP GLIDE UPDATES
Read on for updates regarding:
  • Camp Glide this October Half Term Holidays: Join us this October, BOOK NOW!
    • Our Venues: Wray Common, Chipstead Valley and Westvale Park
  • Early Bird Discount: Book and pay by 15th September
  • Next Half-Term Time Booking: Going live on 13th October at Midday
  • What we are doing to keep everyone safe: Information about our control measures
  • Booking and self-isolation: Please choose from our flexibility options carefully

CAMP GLIDE THIS OCTOBER HALF TERM HOLIDAYS
Join us this October, BOOK NOW! 

Booking is NOW LIVE for October Half Term 2021. We’ve got a fantastic line up of activities prepared to make this the greatest holiday ever! This Half Term will be our great SPOOKTACULAR. With lots of fun and friendly seasonal activities.It’s great news that the COVID situation is improving. We will be following the latest government guidance which we recognise may change before Half Term. We will do our best to react to and communicate any changes to our provision.

At Camp Glide we will be offering our more flexible service. We will be offering our breakfast club, regular days and half days.


OUR VENUES
Wray Common – Chipstead Valley – Westvale Park

We are super excited to announce that we will be running from THREE venues this Half Term!

Prices are available on our website. Each venue will be operating slightly differently. Please click the venue above for more information.


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
Book and pay before by 15th September

Benefit from our Early Bird Discount by placing and paying for your Holiday booking by 15th September 2021. Our Early Bird Discount is already applied. Early Bird Discount cannot be used with any other discount.


NEXT HALF TERM-TIME BOOKING
Going live on 13th October at Midday
Sessions for November and December at our before and after school clubs will go live on our website on 13th October at approximately midday.

WHAT WE ARE DOING TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Some information about our control measures

We are extremely excited to be re-opening at Camp Glide. We are committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible. We have implemented extra measures in order for this to happen..

Please see our COVID policy for more details. Here are some key details:

  • We will be using appropriate space and good ventilation at Camp Glide
  • Additional infection control measures
  • Rigorous cleaning at our settings
  • Extra hand washing
  • Education on respiratory hygiene
  • Engagement with test, track and trace
  • Staff engagement with regular testing programmes
We look forward to welcoming everyone back, and those new to Camp Glide. Thank you for your continued support.

BOOKING AND SELF-ISOLATION
Please choose from our flexibility options carefully
We appreciate the concerns of uncertainty, especially in regards to isolation. Camp Glide offers an option giving you 24hrs notice to cancel (and receive a refund) or amend your booking. Please choose carefully when making your booking and make the right choice for you. Unfortunately, we cannot provide a refund, credit or amend a booking unless the correct notice period is given. This includes if a child or parent is self-isolating for any reason.We have different flexibility options if your plans are uncertain. There is more about our terms and conditions on our website.

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WRAY COMMON HOLIDAY CLUB
Reigte/Redhill  –  October 25th to 29th  –  School aged children (4yrs* to 12yrs old)

Join us at our Wray Common Holiday club this Holiday. We’ve got an action packed line up including CRAZY science experiments, Halloween Parties and Dress Up! Swimming will be an option everyday. *4 year olds must already be attending reception. (i.e. new reception starters can join Camp Glide at this venue for the first time in October Half Term).

We have a few different PODs this Holiday. Please consult with your child and pick the right POD for you.

Children will be all together for the extended parts of our day before moving into their POD ready for 9am. Children will do clinics and free play activities, swimming and lunch in their POD. All Camp Activities will mean that children from different PODs will have the opportunity to spend time with one another.Pod: Traditional Camp – Free Focus (All age groups)
A programme suited to children that like to have more choice in what they do. This pod offers lots of free play, child-led games and activities; there will still be some structure. We find that, generally, our younger campers tend to prefer this less-structured day, although the activities will be appropriate and fun for all ages.


Pod: Traditional Camp – Action Stations (All age groups)
A programme for children that enjoy camp’s structured activities. Campers will enjoy a day full of activities with rules and instruction, although there will still be some down time and free play to enjoy. This pod is best suited for children who get excited about structured games and activities (and don’t get too fed up with lots of instruction).


Pod: Sports Stars (All age groups)
A full day of energetic and exciting sports activities. There will be loads on offer including: rounders, cricket, netball, football as well as active games and more!


Pod: Soccer School (All age groups)
A full fun day of football skills, drills and games! Please remember to bring appropriate footwear and shin pads to participate fully.

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CHIPSTEAD VALLEY HOLIDAY CLUB
Coulsdon  –  October 25th to 29th  –  School aged children (4yrs* to 12yrs old)

Join us at our Chipstead Valley club this Holiday. We’ve got an action packed line up including CRAZY science experiments, Halloween Parties and Dress Up! Swimming will be an option everyday. *4 year olds must already be attending reception. (i.e. new reception starters can join Camp Glide at this venue for the first time in October Half Term).

We have a few different PODs this Holiday. Please consult with your child and pick the right POD for you.

Children will be all together for the extended parts of our day before moving into their POD ready for 9am. Children will do clinics and free play activities, swimming and lunch in their POD. All Camp Activities will mean that children from different PODs will have the opportunity to spend time with one another.Pod: Traditional Camp – Free Focus (All age groups)
A programme suited to children that like to have more choice in what they do. This pod offers lots of free play, child-led games and activities; there will still be some structure. We find that, generally, our younger campers tend to prefer this less-structured day, although the activities will be appropriate and fun for all ages.


Pod: Traditional Camp – Action Stations (All age groups)
A programme for children that enjoy camp’s structured activities. Campers will enjoy a day full of activities with rules and instruction, although there will still be some down time and free play to enjoy. This pod is best suited for children who get excited about structured games and activities (and don’t get too fed up with lots of instruction).

BOOK NOW


 

WESTVALE PARK HOLIDAY CLUB
Horley –  July 26th to August 27th  –  Nursery and School aged children (2yrs to 12yrs old)

Join us at our NEW Westvale Park club this summer. We’ve got an action packed line up including CRAZY science experiments, Halloween Parties and Dress Up!

Please book your child into the correct POD based on your child’s age.

We have a few different PODs this October half term.Pod No1: Camp Glide MINIs! Nursery aged children

This pod is for Nursery aged children (2, 3 and 4 years old) This includes children about to start reception in September 2022.

We have a fantastic early years team ready to provide care for your child. Please note that food and other consumables are not included in the price of our session.

We hope to be accepting free early years entitlement soon.


Pod 2: Camp Glide: Traditional Camp (Children in current reception upwards to year 6)

Take part in our traditional camp programme. We will have a mixture of structured and free play activities including: games, sports, arts and crafts, drama our bouncy castle and more!

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P.S. WE’RE HIRING!

Camp Glide has a few exciting opportunities for committed and enthusiastic childcare professionals looking to develop their leadership skills in the childcare sector. Learn more and apply on our website: campglide.co.uk/join-our-team.

Holiday Clubs

Camp Glide’s multi-activity day camps provide action-packed and affordable childcare during the school holidays for school-aged children.

Now taking bookings for October Half Term 2021.

Learn more »

School Clubs

Camp Glide’s before and after school clubs provide fun-filled and affordable childcare during the school term.

Booking for Autmun Term 2 opens Wednesday 13th October at approx midday!

Learn more »

Launching in the Autumn Term 2021, our weekly Parent & Toddler Forest School will offer children aged 0-5 years the opportunity to have fun outdoors and develop a connection with the natural world.

Mini Acorns Forest School will take place in our own woodland. Activities include nature-inspired crafts, den building, rope swings, mud kitchen and campfires. Sessions will be facilitated by our Level 3 qualified Forest School Leaders and Nursery Teachers, however children must be accompanied by an adult or carer.

Visit our page to find out more and book your place: https://www.copthorneprep.co.uk/admissions/mini-acorns-forest-school-toddler-morning/

Local drama teacher, Ian Brown, has continued to keep children engaged throughout each lockdown by providing online drama classes. Ian, Principal of Helen O’Grady Drama Academy in Croydon and his team have successfully continued to inspire their students throughout the duration of this pandemic, adapting to online delivery to ensure their students still had access to social interaction, positivity and continuity at a time when we have been limited in the activities we can access.

Ian moved his classes online almost immediately, allowing his students to interact and socialise at a time when families were safe at home and schools closed. This was gratefully received by parents and students alike:

‘The online drama classes with their uplifting activities made a positive change to the daily routine. That has proved to be very important for her mental well-being as well. Helen O’Grady Drama Academy gives the children a positive attitude towards life and its possibilities’

Each week the laughter, enjoyment and element of normality to the weekly schedule allows everyone to keep smiling:

‘I would like to say how much I look forward to our online drama classes each week. Especially during these times of lock down. They have given me a sense of purpose and normality and also something to focus on’

Ian and his team love being able to connect with the students each week, hearing their laughter and enjoyment and seeing their beaming smiles! We might not have been able to gather in venue for a while but we have still offered a weekly dose of imagination, socialisation, interaction and FUN!

With a covid-safe return to the classroom set for April, there is no better time to book a free trial! For more information, click here.

After a challenging year for all, Essendene Lodge Prep School in Caterham returned to school in a double celebratory mood.

The school has been recognised by The Independent School Association for their outstanding international involvement. Essendene Lodge School has enjoyed a partnership with Msalura Primary School in Malawi for a decade.

The many fundraising initiatives by pupils and parents have helped to secure desks, improve toilets, provide a freshwater pump on site, introduce sports such as hockey and tennis and exchange of ideas on teaching and learning.

Whilst Malawi is currently also facing the challenges of the global pandemic the Essendene Community have continued their support by funding secondary girls education and also providing PPE equipment and food supplies to the neediest families.

Mrs Ali, Headteacher at Essendene Lodge School said she was delighted that the school has been recognised by the ISA for their involvement and thanked the pupils, parents and staff for their on-going effort and commitment to solidifying this partnership which undoubtedly has a positive impact on pupils here and in Malawi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Tips to Instil a Love of Math in Your Child

The coronavirus pandemic has interrupted the education of millions of students across the country and progressing in maths has proved to be a particular struggle, according to national and local data.

There are many causes for this decline in mathematics grades, according to Patrick Quinn, a Parenting Expert at Brainly, the world’s largest online learning community used by over 350 million students, parents, and teachers monthly.

Here are seven tips for parents to get their kids excited about math and encourage them to use it on a daily basis:

1 PLAY MATHS GAMES AT HOME: There are many games your child can play that involve maths. Beginning in the early years, students can learn to enjoy maths by playing games such as chess, dominoes, cribbage, checkers, Set, Monopoly, Yahtzee, and backgammon. From there, they can move onto more challenging maths games like Sudoku, which is perfect for middle-schoolers.

2  READ BOOKS THAT INCORPORATE MATHS: More and more schools are starting to integrate diverse subject areas into the curriculum so that students can make clearer connections. But how do you include maths in a history or English class? One way is to read books in which the main characters solve a problem using math or logic. Find examples here.

3 TAKE AN INTEREST IN YOUR KIDS’ MATHS HOMEWORK: Begin each maths homework session by asking your child to explain what they’re supposed to do. By his or her response, you’ll know if they can do the assignment alone or if they need help. If you’re not able to help your child with the maths homework, find an online learning resource that can provide straightforward, step-by-step walkthroughs.

4 FIND OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR CHILD USE MATHS EVERY DAY: Encourage your child to solve problems involving maths outside of school. When you are shopping, travelling and saving to buy a special toy.

5 BUY A CONVERSION CHART: It’s an easy way to engrain the conversion tables of kilometres to miles, grams to ounces, or litres to gallons. They’re skills that don’t come up often but are extremely handy to know.

6 BE AN EXAMPLE: Many adults say they hated maths in school, according to national polls. If you are one of them, be careful that you don’t communicate that attitude to your child. It can cause maths anxiety, which sadly is contagious.

7 POINT OUT THE MATHS IN EVERYDAY LIFE: From working out how many ounces are in a cup while baking a cake to working out how long it will take to visit a relative, you can show your child that maths is everywhere around them. You can also point out the importance of maths in almost every walk of life. These small acknowledgments can make a difference and even get your child excited about maths!

The current pandemic has brought ‘empathy’ into public discourse more than ever before – Kamala Harris walking on to the winning stage with ‘The people have chosen empathy’ as a  backdrop; and Marcus Rashford showing empathy for hungry children and putting this into action with his food poverty campaign.

So it is timely that not-for-profit organisation EmpathyLab have revealed their 2021 Read For Empathy book collection after an expert judging panel weighed up hundreds of publisher submissions to select 50 of the very best contemporary empathy-boosting books for 4-16 year olds.

The aim is for schools, libraries, families and community groups to use the books to help raise a generation with strong empathy skills.

Read for empathy books for children aged 4-11

Picture books
Hello, Friend! Rebecca Cobb, Macmillan Children’s Books
Umbrella Elena Arevalo Melville, Scallywag Press
The Suitcase Chris Naylor-Ballesteros, Nosy Crow
Tibble and Grandpa Wendy Meddour & Daniel Egnéus, Oxford University Press
Felix After the Rain Dunja Jogan, translator Olivia Hellewell, Tiny Owl
Maia and What Matters Tine Mortier & Kaatje Vermeire, translator David Colmer, Book Island
Clean Up! Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola, Puffin
Ride the Wind Nicola Davies & Salvatore Rubbino, Walker Books
Once Upon a Dragon’s Fire Beatrice Blue, Frances Lincoln
The Lost Homework Richard O’Neill & Kirsti Beautyman, Child’s Play
How to Change the World Rashmi Sirdeshpande & Annabel Tempest, Puffin
Rain Before Rainbows Smriti Halls & David Litchfield, Walker Books

Early readers
The Boy in the Jam Jar Joyce Dunbar, illustrator John Shelley, Bloomsbury Education
Too Small Tola Atinuke, illustrator Onyinye Iwu, Walker Books
Five Ways to Make a Friend Gillian Cross, illustrator Sarah Horne, Barrington Stoke

Poetry
Belonging Street Mandy Coe, Otter-Barry Books
Bright Bursts of Colour Matt Goodfellow, illustrator Aleksei Bitskoff, Bloomsbury Education
Poems Aloud Joseph Coelho & Daniel Gray-Barnett, Wide-Eyed Editions
This Rock, That Rock Dom Conlon & Vivianne Schwarz, Troika Books

Graphic novel
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy Rey Terciero & Bre Indigo, Little Brown

Novels
The Space We’re In Katya Balen, illustrator Laura Carlin, Bloomsbury Children’s Books
The Time of Green Magic Hilary McKay, Macmillan Children’s Books
The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates Jenny Pearson, illustrator Rob Biddulph, Usborne
Talking to the Moon S. E. Durrant, Nosy Crow
A Kind of Spark Elle McNicoll, Knights Of Media
Freedom Catherine Johnson, Scholastic
The Star Outside My Window Onjali Q. Raúf, Orion Children’s Books
The Faraway Truth Janae Marks, Chicken House 
Windrush Child Benjamin Zephaniah, Scholastic
The Taylor Turbochaser David Baddiel, HarperCollins 

Read for empathy books for young people aged 12-16

Novels
Tin Boy Steve Cole, illustrator Oriol Vidal, Barrington Stoke
The Last Paper Crane Kerry Drewery, illustrator Natsko Seki, Hot Key Books
Eight Pieces of Silva Patrice Lawrence, Hodder Children’s Books
I Was Born for This Alice Oseman, HarperCollins
The Gone Book Helena Close, Little Island Books
And the Stars Were Burning Brightly Danielle Jawando, Simon & Schuster
On the Come Up Angie Thomas, Walker Books
A House Without Walls Elizabeth Laird, Macmillan Children’s Books
Chinglish Sue Cheung, Andersen Press
Scavengers Darren Simpson, Usborne
Boy, Everywhere A. M. Dassu, Old Barn Books

Graphic novel
When Stars Are Scattered Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed, Faber

Short stories
Look Both Ways Jason Reynolds, Knights Of Media

Poetry/prose
Clouds Cannot Cover Us Jay Hulme, Troika Books
A Hurricane in my Head Matt Abbott, Bloomsbury Education
The Undefeated Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson, Andersen Press
The Missing Michael Rosen, Walker Books

Verse novels
Gloves Off Louisa Reid, Guppy Books
Run, Rebel Manjeet Mann, Penguin Books
Clap When You Land Elizabeth Acevedo, Hot Key Books

This year’s Empathy Day is on 10 June – make sure you put it in the diary! To find out more click here.

Teenagers catch moods and negative moods are more contagious

Mental health and emotional wellbeing among young people could be better understood by findings in a recently-published paper from Oxford and Birmingham Universities, which reveal that teenagers catch moods from friends and bad moods are more contagious than good ones.

The authors Dr Per Block, of Oxford’s Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, and Dr Stephanie Burnett Heyes, of The University of Birmingham’s School of Psychology, hope the ground-breaking study could lead to improved understanding of emotional wellbeing.

Dr Block says, ‘Our study shows conclusively that individuals are affected by how others around them are feeling. Mood is contagious, and though both positive and negative moods are ‘caught’, bad moods are more potent.

We hope it is a step towards understanding why people fall into prolonged low states, the social factors that determine emotional wellbeing in adolescents, and, in the long run, how it may be possible to provide emotional support leading to improved mental health.’

The wide-ranging findings show mood goes both ways. While a teen ‘catches’ a low mood from a friend, the friend feels uplifted in the process. There was no evidence adolescents either avoid or seek contact with peers in a negative or positive frame of mind – suggesting mood does not determine popularity in the short term and socialising with someone in a low mood is a risk most are prepared to take.

The study found teenagers’ moods become more similar to people they spend time with, that a bad mood is more infectious than a good, and these individuals did not select others with whom to socialise simply to match the way they felt themselves.

Two groups of adolescents, 79 in total, aged 15 to 19-years-old participated in the study. Each group was on a short residential classical music performance tour. Each young musician recorded daily moods and social interactions.  The situation allowed the study to overcome the challenges of environment, dispersed social networks and timeframes, which limited previous studies.

Dr Block says, ‘What makes our study special is that, by having people in a group with few external influences, experiencing the same environment and spending their time together, we could see who interacted with whom and how that made others feel.

‘We saw, first, the interaction, and then how mood became more similar. As mood changes frequently and is influenced by various environmental factors that differ between individuals, many studies find collecting comprehensive data difficult. But because our participants were living together, we overcame that challenge too.’

The results were identical from both groups and partly contradict previous understanding. Earlier research suggested good mood is more contagious than bad, and that bad mood is associated with social withdrawal. This study showed no evidence that teens feeling low withdrew.

The research was conducted before social interaction was severely restricted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Burnett Heyes says, ‘This study raises so many outstanding questions, especially in COVID-19 times, such as what do we lose when interaction is not face-to-face, and what is preserved? And finally, if everyone is struggling, is it too emotionally risky to connect with others and potentially ‘catch’ their low mood?’

‘Recently all independent midwives in the UK have lost their insurance, with the basic convoluted reason being ‘birth is risky’. This has taken away many, many women’s choices for birth. ‘Childbirth Choices Matter’ exists to give women and birthing people control of their birthing choices

With lack of commercial market indemnity solutions, 100s of Independent Midwives across the UK cannot work. As a result, this is limiting the birthing choices and birthing rights of women. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, women have been cautious to attend hospitals meaning they are in need of independent midwives. However, due to lack of funding, this is becoming more and more difficult.

Childbirth Choices Matter (CCM) are a collective of women, doulas, NHS midwives and independent midwives (IMs) who have come together to strengthen the rights of women and birthing practitioners to choose the circumstances in which they give birth to their babies, including place of birth and midwifery-led continuity of carer.

Their need to unite and campaign to protect women’s birthing choices, and for midwives to be able to provide maternity care that is personalised and safe, is now a matter of emergency, particularly during the global pandemic for several reasons.

The Government had been notified of the absence of insurance product to cover self-employed midwives and refused the request for assistance, stating that the request was “not good use of public funding”. For the past two years, independent midwives have been using an American insurance provider, but this provider left the UK market. As a result, the UK’s self-employed midwives have not been able to provide labour and birth care to women wishing to use their services since 30 June.

From June 2020, self-employed midwives have seen premiums rise to £7,500 per birth, creating a wealth divide between those who can access their services and those who cannot. Neither women nor midwives want this.

With now a more crucial time than ever for women to have choice over their birthing rights and the NHS already overworked due to the pandemic, CCM are looking to raise money to support more midwives looking to work independently and support more women who need independent midwifery. It’s a win win!

 “We have a vision to create an insurance product and an access fund which will allow women and birthing people to access care from self-employed, professional midwives without being tied to the premiums set by commercial insurance companies. We understand that insurance is absolutely necessary for practising midwives and that the cover should be at a level that represents the claims that could potentially be made. We are therefore raising funds, across many streams of income to support this fully independent insurance product. We need a lot of money to achieve this, and we have a team of fundraisers working tirelessly to make it a reality”
CCM

COVID 19 has increased the need for women to seek midwifery care outside of the NHS, and CCM want to ensure this is an option available for the majority of women as it is the right pathway for them to achieve the birth experience they want and have a right to.

CCM are aiming to raise £3M in order to support IMs and get them back into employment and ultimately, giving women full choice in how they give birth and where they give birth.

To find out more and make a donation, click here.