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Society delighted to announce that South of England Autumn Show & Game Fair WILL go ahead for 2020

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th October 2020
9am – 5pm
South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex

Following the cancellation of Spring Live! and The South of England Show, The South of England Agricultural Society is delighted to announce that the Autumn Show & Game Fair 2020 has been given the green light and will go ahead as planned.

Deemed a ‘Good to Go’ venue by Visit England, and adhering to strict new Covid-19 regulations, this year’s show will take place at The South of England Showground in Ardingly on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October, between 9am and 5pm each day.

Although government guidelines mean that some hands-on activities will have to be restricted this year, the 2020 Autumn Show & Game Fair will still be a visual feast for visitors with a superb programme of demonstrations and displays that celebrate the British countryside. It will feature the ever-popular shopping opportunities from local and independent producers, with everything from homemade fudge to dog training equipment on offer.

Firm favourites will be returning, and the world-famous Jonathan Marshall’s horseback displays will still take place in the showground’s main ring, alongside gundog training and falconry demonstrations.

Animals lovers can meet and learn about farmyard favourites in the Animal Barn, admire the wagging tails of the rare breed gundogs, and be mesmerised by the capabilities of ferrets and birds of prey with various demonstrations.

Foodies will be in their element with stalls from local and independent producers. Plus, there will be a plethora of mouth-watering food stalls to choose from when it comes to eating at the event.

While the Pumpkin Trail around the showground and Ridley’s funfair are sure to be a hit with the children, the Brighton Kite Flyers’ will impress everyone with their huge kites and synchronised displays.

South of England Agricultural Society Autumn Show 2016.
Molly Stockley. Photograph by Natural PR

Unique vintage agricultural machinery, Scammell and traction engines will also be on display to recreate and educate about a bygone era. The clay shooting competition will still be available for adults and juniors and experts will be on hand to demonstrate their skills in fly fishing and hedge laying.

Corrie Ince, new Show Director at The South of England Agricultural Society, commented:

“We are absolutely thrilled that the Autumn Show and Game Fair will go ahead this year. While we had to take the difficult but right decision to cancel the spring and summer shows, we know that the South of England Showground is a huge outdoor space and, as such, is perfect place for socially distanced events. Since July we have already hosted a successful International Antiques and Collectors Fair, and Drive-in Comedy and Movie nights. There will be hand washing and sanitising stations and a social distancing policy throughout the entire show and showground, with face coverings required in the inside areas.

“While the event is most definitely designed to offer a wonderful day out in the family calendar, there’s also another important reason the Society host these shows each year – The South of England Agricultural Society is in fact a charity and any profits from the Autumn Show will help towards their work in showcasing the countryside to the public and supporting people across the South with an interest or involvement in agriculture and other related land-based industries. They inspire schoolchildren to learn about the land and where their food comes from, offer travel bursaries for people working in the farming sector and help with funding towards agricultural research – so, when you buy a ticket for the Autumn Show & Game Fair, you will also be doing your bit to help.”

For the protection of everyone at the event, tickets to the Autumn Show and Game Fair 2020 will be limited and should be booked at www.seas.org.uk before arrival to ensure entry, and to avoid queues. Tickets cost £11.70 for adults, £9.90 for senior citizens/students (inclusive of 10% online discount until midnight 02.10.20) – under 16s go free. Dogs are welcome although they will not be admitted to indoor areas.

A recent survey of over 1,500 mums highlighted just how integral mum-to-mum support is during every woman’s individual breastfeeding experience. Commissioned by the world leading breastfeeding brand, Medela, the results revealed that:

  • Of the mums that attended a local baby/breastfeeding group, more than two thirds felt that talking to other mums helped to support their breastfeeding experience
  • Not only did 80% of the mums questioned find the support from fellow mums (friend/sister/antenatal buddy) helpful with breastfeeding in the early days, the same amount believe that this advice actually prolonged their feeding journey

With these results in mind during these uncertain and challenging times (and following the news that The Big Breastfeeding Café has now been postponed until later in the year), the brand has looked at how it can continue this community initiative by giving the national campaign a virtual makeover!

Across Medela’s social platforms from today, the brand is encouraging mums to share a photo with a mug of tea or a breastfeeding snap, alongside their top breastfeeding tip. The sole objective of this is to build an army of fellow mothers who will share an abundance helpful hints and breastfeeding tips, for all those currently breastfeeding or any potentially apprehensive new or expectant mothers. The mission is simple – to create a virtual community of support.

Using the hashtag #mybreastfeedingtip, Medela will continue to share the mum-to-mum advice across their 60,000 strong social following, offering some support and reassurance to families who may be missing attending their usual breastfeeding/baby groups during this turbulent time.

Medela’s key focus is to continue to connect breastfeeding families across the country, sharing support, encouragement and giving them all a virtual high five.

Medela’s Marketing Manager, Charlotte Price, commented:

‘At Medela, we really believe in the important role community has to play in each and every individual breastfeeding experience. Receiving encouragement or simply advice from a friend, mother or sister can make all the difference to a new mum who is struggling. We hope the #mybreastfeedingtip hashtag will encourage mums to get talking, sharing their thoughts and ideas to potentially help another who may really need to hear it right now.”

“If this support can help any new mums to combat any uncertainty with breastfeeding, we will be thrilled.’ She added.

Avoid the dreaded sugar-high and sticky fingers this year and give gifts children can use time and time again…


Go Quackers this Easter with Infantino

Spring 2020 will see the arrival of some eggcellent new toys from Infantino, the global brand committed to happy parenting. The new Easter themed toys from the multi award-winning Go Gaga Collection, will provide a great surprise on the egg hunt!

 

Infantino’s Easter Ducks, introduce a Spring themed twist on the classic bath duck. Babies will go gaga for these ‘just-hatched’ Easter duckies, which have interesting textures and bright colours; perfect for bath time, or anytime. A brilliant extra for the Easter baskets this year, the two pack of ducks come in a number of different designs including, hatching eggs, rabbits, lambs and even a unicorn! Little ones will want to collect them all!Also launching just in time for Easter is the Squeeze and Squeak Easter Eggs.Available as a pack of four, babies and toddlers will love these squeezable, squeakable eggs. Featuring soft textures, they not only provide comfort during teething, they also promise hours of fun as they are the perfect size for little ones to hold. Tots will enjoy rolling them, throwing them and even playing hide and seek with them.

The ideal alternative Easter gift, the pack of four eggs features different designs including a chick, a hen, a lamb and rabbit.Finally, the new carrot teether is not to be missed this Easter. This fun silicone teether is perfect for soothing teething gums. Infantino’s carrot teether features different textures for babies to chew and is also very easy for little ones to hold with two handles which are soft to touch.

Stockist: Amazon UK

 

Snuggle up and get cosy… Bizzi Growin’s cushions

Bizzi Growin is delighted to announce the arrival of its adorable cushion collection, perfect for adding a unique touch to little one’s bedrooms and nurseries this spring. With super soft designs ranging from fluffy clouds, to mystical unicorns and shining stars, children are sure to find the perfect companion amongst the eclectic collection!

 

Snuggle up and get cosy… Bizzi Growin’s cushions will help transform any room or nursery into a cosy heaven, with a dose of fun and colour too! From totally huggable plushies, stylish monochrome designs to an array of knitted styles, the quirky designs are sure to be loved by little ones and grown-ups alike.

RRP: from 15.00 | Available from bizzigrowin.com


Little Stars Can Now Chomp on Some of the Cheekiest New Characters

Joining the brand’s beloved Chewy the Hippo, the Cheeky Animals design sees the arrival of 3 cheeky new characters including Bertie the Lion, Darcy the Elephant and Pippa the Panda. These adorable animals are set upon a white background and are presented in a gorgeous colour palette of muted greens, blues and oranges.

The new prints are available across 4 of Cheeky Chompers iconic products, including the flagship Neckerchew. The bandana bib is super absorbent and features the signature chewy teether – meaning no more lost teethers.

The designs can also be found on the Comfortchew, with a snuggly fleece on the reverse. With stimulating ribbon tags and an elasticated link for attaching to baby’s wrist, cot, car seat, buggy or dummy, it provides comfort at all times. There is also the Neckerbib, a lovely addition to your little ones’ outfit and sure to catch any dribble disasters!

Finally, the Cheeky Blanket, which provides a luxurious, practical and fun baby blanket with cheeky hidden sensory tags. Handy straps allow the blanket to be attached to a buggy, with cosy feet and hand pouches.

Available from cheekychompers.com


Welcome to the Wild Side with Polarn O. Pyret’s Summer Filled Safari

Iconic Scandi brand unveils second trend of its hugely popular Spring/Summer 2020 season.

Join Polarn O. Pyret on truly wild Safari, bursting with an explosion of bright colours and bold patterns in exciting and unexpected combinations. Children will love the kooky notion of Scandinavian animals on safari in the jungle, where they discover both exotic animals and dinosaur friends.

Truly striking, this collection features abstract or geometric patterns, as well as embroidered and embellished details, all mixed in with the colorful prints. Ranges available from 0-12years!

Available from www.polarnopyret.co.uk

Mothers Day sees around one quarter of all flowers purchased throughout the year, ordered for this day.

 

Here’s our some different ideas on how to treat mum this Mothers Day….

The gift of co-ordination
Matching pyjamas
Scandi born brand, Polarn O. Pyret, the iconic clothing brand with a truly ethical mindset, has created some gorgeous cosy pyjamas so that mums can twin with their little ones this Mother’s Day! The signature Classic Polarn O. Pyret stripe has been their iconic brand bearer since 1976. Continually developing more sustainable products, with a wide product range in organic cotton and recycled materials, you can show your love for the planet too!
RRP: From £25

Stockist: polarnopyret.co.uk

The gift of me time…
Kit & Kin mum and baby bundle
A must have for new mummas – perfect for the limited ‘me time’ you get as a parent! The gorgeous set comes with three hero products, their body butter contains a blend of naturally nourishing butters and oils, a deeply moisturising thick and creamy formula that leaves your skin hydrated and gloriously silky smooth. The breast balm cools, heals and protects sensitive areas, whilst the stretch mark oil contains 15 naturally nourishing oils that will keep your skin supple and stretch mark free.

RRP: £65.63
Stockist: kitandkin.com

 

The gift of comfort…
Bravado Ballet Nursing Bra
The Ballet Nursing Bra is the perfect treat for mums throughout pregnancy and beyond! The perfect stay-at-home bra offers ultimate softness thanks to its Petal-Soft fabric, making it the ideal support for lounging and sleeping. An essential all-rounder, the stylish Ballet Nursing Bra, which provides ideal support for breastfeeding, will quickly become a staple in any mums wardrobe!
RRP: £26.22
Stockist: uk.bravadodesigns.com

 

 

The gift of rest…
Snoozeshade
Help mums get some me time with SnoozeShade, the original breathable, blackout sun and sleep solution for prams, buggies, car seats and travel cots. No matter where you spend the day celebrating motherhood, it will be a real saviour to create a safe and dark sleeping environment for your little one whilst on the move.
RRP: From £19.99
Stockist: snoozeshade.com

The gift of family time…
30 Seconds
The number one bestselling board game; 30 Seconds is the must-have, quick thinking, fast talking description game that will have your mum, and the whole family in hysterics! In this fast-paced general knowledge game, players have just 30 seconds to describe five names on their chosen card, to their teammates to guess!

RRP: £29.99
Stockist: Amazon UK

 

The gift of style…
Aston Rose
Brought to you by multi award winning nursery brand Ickle Bubba, the Aston Rose is the gold standard of travel systems
This high-end, all-in-one travel system includes pushchair, carrycot, i-Size car seat, isofix base, car seat adapters, changing bag, changing mat, seat liner, footmuff, cup holder and rain cover, all with premium golden detailing.

 

The gift of safety…
Mini Family First Aid Kit
Providing all the tools parents will need to carry out first aid wherever they are, the bestselling Family First Aid Kit comes in an attractive green Polka Dot pouch and is the perfect size to carry essential first aid supplies in a change bag, under a buggy, at home or in the car.

The gift of extra hands…
In Season Carrier
This unique ergonomic carrier supports 4 carrying positions and has been thoughtfully designed with 5 integrated layers to allow families to carry throughout the whole year.
The revolutionary all-weather carrier will keep you and your little one prepared to brace the elements – from frosty winter days through to sizzling summer.

RRP: £74.99
Stockist: Smyths Toys & Argos

 

The gift of fun…
Scootaheadz
Conveniently fitting all scooter brands and a selection of bikes and trikes, why not take the whole family out for some spring air this mother’s day.

RRP: £14.99
scootaheadz.com

 

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A recent survey has exposed that 3 in 5 parents do not have first aid training. In the UK at least one child under the age of five is involved in a fatal accident every week, and with people now being told they can rely on virtual assistants for CPR support, leading experts are concerned.

On a mission to arm parents with practical advice, and to give them peace of mind and confidence to know how to act in an emergency, Kate Ball founded Mini First Aid, to deliver truly engaging first aid courses for new parents and families. The brand now boasts over 65 franchises across the UK and has proudly taught over 200,000 parents life saving skills.

As a mother of six, Kate is committed to ensuring parents have basic first aid skills that they can draw on in an emergency and believes that with our increasing reliance on technology, that it’s more important than ever for parents to have a hands-on approach to first aid.

In this month’s guest blog, Kate explains more…

“I was very concerned to learn of the recent news that virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, are now apparently able to advise on CPR. Although this would be better than nothing, it is in no way a replacement for having the basics skills yourself and parents really shouldn’t rely on technology in these situations. Listening to Alexa’s instructions could be confusing, or in fact a distraction rather than a support and let’s face it – the internet could go down at any point.”

“Being armed with the basics are essential, but it’s also important to be prepared for an emergency. Things like knowing the address of where you’re staying if away from home or writing your address down for a babysitter means you can act faster. Also ensuring everyone who supports you with your baby care, including mum, dad, grand-parent, babysitter, are first aid trained.”

 

 

 

“Here are some top tips that everyone should know…

  1. Have an understanding of people that could help in your local vicinity. For example, know which neighbours are at home during the daytime and who you can call on for help. Also know who takes their phone to bed who you can call on.
  2. Put your phone on loudspeaker when on the phone to 999 so you can continue with first aid.
  3. If your little one is bleeding apply pressure to the wound with something clean and absorbent – you can even use a clean nappy!
  4. Always make sure you have a first aid kit in an accessible location at home and keep another first aid kit under the buggy.
  5. If you are treating a burn, once you have cooled the affected area for 20 minutes under cool running water, cover with clingfilm to keep the burn infection free whilst you seek medical attention (please note cover, not wrap).
  6. In prevention of choking, adults need to demonstrate good eating skills in front of children. Sit Chop Chew should be adopted by everyone – Sit to eat, chop (or break up food into manageable safe pieces) and chew – an exaggerated chew to show young children”

 

Delivering truly engaging, first aid classes at over 65 regions across the UK, Mini First Aid’s unique and best-selling Baby & Child First Aid class is a 2-hour session available to parents, grandparents and carers, and every class is delivered in a relaxed and comfortable style to ensure attendees receive quality, hands on classes that they get involved with. The multi award winning classes have been attended by high profile celebrities and influencers including author, actress, blogger and mum Giovanna Fletcher.

“Learning CPR and what to do when a child is choking is invaluable, said Giovanna Fletcher. Obviously, I hope I never had to use the things I learned in today’s class, but horrible things happen and knowing these techniques can really make a huge difference. The class was fun and accessible given the seriousness of the topic. I would highly recommend everyone doing it.”

Mini First Aid have cleverly put a fun spin on a notoriously dry topic, with a clear goal to ensure attendees leave with quality content that they are confident to use in a real-life medical emergency. The class covers CPR, Choking, Bumps, Burns, Breaks, Bleeding, Febrile Seizures and Meningitis Awareness.

Mini First Aid Adult classes start from £20, visit www.minifirstaid.co.uk

This month’s guest editor is Jess Robson, the Founder of Run Talk Run.

With many struggling at this time of year, Run Talk Run is a global running community facilitating weekly support groups, who meet for a 5km jog and chat. Their aim is to make mental health support and running more accessible and less intimidating.

Here, Jess explains more about the benefits of running for your mental health.

 

 

“It wouldn’t surprise any of you if I told you that physical activity is one of the most commonly recommended natural remedies for stress, anxiety and depression.

But what is it about running, in particular, that improves our mental health?
When you break it down, it becomes really clear to see the intrinsic link between healing from mental illness and running.

When you are suffering from mental ill-health, one of the main obstacles is trying to bring your coping mechanisms back. The coping mechanisms that help you deal with whatever life throws at you. Running strengthens these coping mechanisms through:
• setting and attaining goals
• experiencing success and overcoming frustration
• creating and maintaining motivation

I am sure we have all heard about the effects of endorphins which are released when we exert ourselves… but it would be wrong to assume that every run we perform will leave us with the same “Runners High”. No. Often, your run will feel sluggish, it will be a mental challenge as much as a physical one and you could end up feeling worse after a run than before you started. Is this starting to sound contradictory and actually bad for your mental health? You’d be forgiven, but hear me out first.

Good Mental Health is centred (mainly) around these core strengths:
• Self-esteem/confidence
• Resiliency
• Motivation/determination

Self-Esteem & Confidence
One of the most notable aspects of running is that, as an individual sport, you must rely on yourself for results. Over time, as runs become easier and a person becomes fitter they will realise that they are fully equipped to better themselves and overcome challenges. This then transfers to other areas of their life, thus increasing their sense of capability at dealing with obstacles and stressors. Running is demanding and the rewards and frustrations of running fall only to yourself. Rising to the challenge of the demanding endeavour builds your ego and self-esteem as you realise that you are capable of doing great things… alone!

Resilience
As mentioned before, not every run will be a “good run”. There will be days when the legs feel heavy, the lungs feel about 5 times smaller, you can’t get your head to focus on the task at hand… and on those days, you will complete the run thinking you ought to never run again! Resilience, consequently, is built through overcoming these bad runs and deciding to just try again. Developing the ability to visualise future success and tying up your laces just once more – that is resilience.
Ask yourself.. have you ever met a marathon-runner who lacks resilience?

Motivation/Determination
Running encourages us to set both short-term and long-term goals. The longer term goals are often what motivates us to head out for a run, and the short term goal (of say, completing 5k this Thursday evening) provides us with determination to see something through. Focusing and visualising future achievements (e.g. running a race, or completing a particular distance) is so healthy. The goal is tangible and attainable and it is our determination that is strengthened to seeing us through to completion of that goal. No one can put in the training for us. Creating and attaining goals is invaluable experience to then attribute to other areas of your life – be that career, relationships, other life-long dreams and hobbies. Through achieving our running goals, we become more confident in our ability to see things through and develop our sense of self.”

 

The Eastbourne Run Talk Run meets every Monday evening at 6.15pm from City Gym (Furness Road, BN21 4EY) and is led by founder, Jessica, herself. The runs are free to attend and you can sign up by downloading the myCrew app or visiting runtalkrun.com

Does your child love cooking or are you looking to spark their interest by teaching your child foods of the world?

Then you’ll be excited to hear that a new cookery school is planning to open in Eastbourne. We spoke to former tv chef, and cookery writer; Lerato to find out more.

“I love bringing people together to share good food and part of my journey has been to teach people tips and tricks to becoming better cooks and taking the fear out of cooking. This has led to a food career in print, television and in the kitchen with our supper clubs, cookery classes and private feasts.

The cookery school has been running for a few years in Brighton and in London. Our Kids cookery club launched recently alongside the new cookery school in Eastbourne, after many parents wanted to bring their kids to the classes. While some have come along with their children, I felt the children needed their own dedicated space to learn and develop at their own pace.

In our kids cooking classes, your young chefs will learn tips for cooking healthy, wholesome and indulgent meals. Our parents & kids classes are also a lot of fun and great way to bond, teach and learn with your child.

The classes will inspire and equip them with cooking skills, knowledge of produce, sources of food and cuisines from around the world. My goal is to guide them as they increasingly develop cooking skills and gain independence. They will also learn teamwork, cleanliness and safety in the kitchen, all these while having a great time creating meals from scratch.

There’s nothing like this in Eastbourne and the surrounding area and I’m really excited to roll this out. I also organise kids cooking and baking parties, a great way to learn and have fun with their friends.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about Lerato’s classes, please click on the links below:


Lerato needs your help!

WE ARE CROWDFUNDING FOR OUR NEW COOKERY SCHOOL & DINING SPACE IN EASTBOURNE!

Your support will enable us to set up a permanent location where we can also run as many community-focused events as possible, using food for good. You can support us by choosing rewards to use towards booking your classes, events or gift cards!

All supporters’ names will be included on our Founders wall for all to see what you helped create.

Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/eastbourne-cookery-school for full details!

Following success in Brighton & Hove and Worthing, Rugbytots has arrived in Eastbourne, so we spoke to Esther and Becks who are co-owners of the franchise for Brighton, Eastbourne & Worthing to find out more.

“We took over the business in November 2018 and have grown to 300 tots, managing seven coaches and five venues in Brighton, Eastbourne & Worthing. We run weekend classes and have recently been invited into schools and nurseries to run weekly sessions including after school clubs and curriculum time which is super exciting!

We’d had a number of enquiries from parents about Rugbytots from this area, so we started to look into how we could expand, and in September we launched our first Eastbourne classes at Cavendish Sports Centre.

Our classes are very popular and the Autumn sessions (for 2-3.5 years) is fully booked, so we’ve decided to add another 2-3.5 years class for winter sessions, which starts on 23rd November.

As parents ourselves, we know that finding a class that your tot enjoys is key. So, we offer free taster sessions and a two week money back guarantee, whereby if your tot doesn’t enjoy the class and the kit/water bottle hasn’t been used, we will give a full refund – something that is welcomed as peace of mind by our new parents.

We still have a couple of spaces left for our winter sessions in Eastbourne and we’d love to welcome new tots to the group!”

Find out more Rugby tots….

Rugbytots is a fun structured play session taking children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.

Eastbourne classes are on Saturday mornings, at the following times:

  • 9am; 2 – 3.5 years
  • 9.35am; 3.5 – 5 years
  • 10.25am; 2 – 3.5 years

Classes are £7 a session paid in advance and pro rata and the winter sessions start on Saturday 23rd November and run until 15th February 2020 (11 weeks).

 

You can find out more at www.rugbytots.co.uk or from our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/RugbytotsBrightonEastbourneWorthing/

Research shows that around one in four people will experience a mental health difficulty at some point in their life. Over half of adult mental health problems start before the age of 14; 75% by the age of 18.

​With added pressures at work, home and school, it’s not surprising there has been such a huge shift in the way that we not only approach mental health, but how we openly talk about it in society as well.

With such increasing numbers of people having issues, our latest guest editor is Vicky Ripley from Eastbourne Wellbeing, who offers a range of support, programmes and practical strategies to help your child or teenager to overcome common emotional & mental health difficulties.

 

“At Eastbourne Wellbeing, we believe that every child and young person has the right to feel happy and carefree; equally, we understand that sometimes this isn’t easy to achieve.

We know that parents and carers can struggle to know where to get help with their child or adolescent’s mental health difficulties, and other common issues which affect their emotional wellbeing.

With many years of experience working with children and young people, and their parents and carers in various therapeutic, educational, community and care settings, all of the therapists on the team offer a calm, friendly and non-judgemental approach. This enables us to work with children and teens to understand their personal obstacles.

We then work together to explore the steps they could take to overcome them, using a personalised wellbeing plan. We can also offer support for shorter periods to help them through a particular tough time, such as during exams.

With such busy lives, we must remember the art of listening. Taking time to hear your children can help to put a structure of support in place for positive change. Our top tips to help would include…

  1. Be open and curious about what their individual goals are
  2. Help them to plan how to get there
  3. Identify positive influences
  4. Discuss negative challenges they might experience
  5. Keep talking!

Our friendly and affordable service covers difficulties such as low mood and depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, phobias, separation anxiety, social anxiety, school avoidance, sleep difficulties, poor eating patterns, anger / impulse control, management of exam-related stress and anxiety, careers guidance, advice about applying to university (UCAS) and the personal statement writing process, and advice for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

We also offer equine facilitated learning / therapy sessions. Spending time outdoors and forming a connection with a large ‘flight’ animal has been shown to greatly benefit our physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

We understand that children and young people need flexibility and creativity within their treatment. Wellbeing sessions can take place in your home, in a local office, out and about in the local community, or in your child’s school or college by prior agreement.”

 

Thank you to Vicky Ripley from Eastbourne Wellbeing.

You can find out more at www.eastbournewellbeing.co.uk or call 07709 206382 to arrange an initial, free of charge, 20-minute consultation.

Please note that it is always recommended that you visit your GP initially, to discuss your concerns and to try to access help and advice through the NHS. For concerns about school-based difficulties, please speak to your child’s teacher or SENCo in the first instance, as they will be able to offer advice and guidance

From enchanting toys, to festive clothes and even a changing bag that doubles as a crib, we’ve got some great ideas for under the tree this Christmas…

2 in 1 Pod Bag
Award-winning British nursery and textile specialists, Bizzi Growin, has unveiled a truly unique changing bag; introducing the 2 in 1 Pod Bag, an innovative changing bag (and changing mat), that seamlessly converts into a travel crib!

 

 

 

 

The Pod Bag’s clever functionality enables parents to carry less, whilst combining two essential products for families during travel and days out. In a few simple steps, the Pod Bag transforms from a useful changing bag to a handy travel crib in less than a minute. Furthermore, the ingenious product even doubles up as a removable changing mat, ideal for nappy changes on the go when little ones have outgrown the crib function.

RRP: 65.00
bizzigrowin.com

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Muro
Suitable for ages 12 months up to 4 years, Muro is the world’s one and only modular busy board, thoughtfully designed by a team who firmly believe play can supercharge learning.

Each Muro is centered around a unique, two-part, plug and play system.  A complete set comprises a base unit; either a board or a cube, and interchangeable modular toys which connect seamlessly together.

From £129.00
mymuro.com/collections

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bizzi Growin Sleeping Bags
Little ones can now drift off in style this Christmas, thanks to Bizzi Growin’s gorgeous collection of sleeping bags.

The range includes stunning embroidered designs, featuring flora the flamingo, magical unicorns, precious pandas and sleepy sloths. With sizes from newborn through to 18 months, the unique sleep solution is sure to be the perfect gift for little dreamers!

From £26.00
bizzigrowin.com

 

 

 

Poco Nido Moose Patterned Mini Shoes 
Keep little feet looking festive this Christmas with the Moose mini shoes from Poco Nido! Available in sizes UK 1- 8, the printed mini shoes include a supple suede sole, perfect for little ones first steps indoors. Featuring a fun moose design alongside magical elements of nature, the alpine design is sure to be a favourite during the winter months.

RRP: £17.00
poconido.com

 

 

3 Sprouts Storage Bins
Give the gift of storage this Christmas with the 3 Sprouts Storage Bins. Helping to keep their new bits and bobs tidy, these cute designs including a festive deer and bear, will make the perfect addition to any nursery this Christmas. Generous in size, the adorable bins help store toys and cuddly friends from under the tree!

rrrp: £21.99
Stockist: 1two.co.uk

 

 

 

Sophie la Girafe Comforter Gift Set
This charming gift set featuring an original Sophie la girafe® and a Sophie la girafe festive hat and booties is sure to be popular for baby’s first Christmas. The 58 year old icon that is loved by millions is still made using traditional methods in France from 100% natural rubber, derived from the sap of the hevea tree, and decorated with food grade paint.

RRP: £25.99
Stockist: 1two.co.uk

 

 

 

Ewan Deluxe
You can never go wrong with the gift of sleep for Christmas. Ewan the dream sheep makes the perfect gift for baby’s first Christmas.

It is no surprise really given its intelligent featuresincluding the MoonMode smartCRY, that ensures Ewan automatically activates when baby stirs in the night! Also, the latest model features a new shushing sound!

RRP: £39.99
Sweetdreamers.co.uk

 

 

 

 

The Little Green Sheep Teepee Play Tent
Play the natural way with The Little Green Sheep’s new range of stunning teepee play tents. Beautifully designed using a 5-pole solid wood structure and 100% cotton canvas, giving your little one a space to keep them occupied for hours.

RRP: £89.95
thelittlegreensheep.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Scootaheadz Danny Dino
Conveniently fitting all scooter brands and a selection of bikes and trikes, little ones can now have their favourite buddy along for the ride. The perfect accessory to match some new wheels this Christmas!

RRP: £14.99
scootaheadz.com