Welcome to the summer issue of The Rainbow Directory
Summertime makes the Island a wonderful place to live; there is just so much going on for families. Check out our centre pages for ‘Top Things To Do Over The Summer’. We have a whole host of new & regular features. Also we have a diary of events on our website, with ideas on where to go with the children over the summer and listing of days out for free – there’s really no excuse for getting bored. We also have lots of essential information on holiday clubs for working parents. So log on today at www.therainbowdirectory.co.uk
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The Rainbow Directory is celebrating its 4th year of publication so we have designed a new front cover. But we need your help! Would you like your child or children to be on the next front cover? If yes, then please email or call on 01983 872191. We are looking for all ages of children and need an up to date photograph. They would then be asked to come for a mini photo shoot. This could be on location or in the studio. We would be looking for a new star(s) for each issue. My children are growing up all too fast and I am well aware of the information I need for them. If you know of a group, club or service that should be in our directory please ask them to contact us or please email us their details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Whenever you use the directory, please mention where you saw the advert and if a friend or family members would like a copy of their own please just call and we will pop one in the post for FREE.
If you would like your advert to be seen in the next edition of The Rainbow Directory
Please call us for an information pack. If you don’t tell families about your school, club, group or services they will not know about you. If you want more business then tell parents what you have to offer. Our advertising costs, starting for as little as £20, really does offer you value for money. Our directories are produced 3 times a year and we print 20,000 copies each time. Also I would like to thank Mandy from The Wight Studio for the new photo of me and my boys. Have a good summer
Take care Polly
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News and Updates
New Breakfast Club for Niton
In Niton something exciting is happening. From September 7th 2009 the Primary School and the Pre School are joining together to provide wrap around care for children aged 2-9 years. The children have named the sessions the ‘Sunrise, Sunset club.’ They have been busy writing business plans and sending out questionnaires to gain as much information as we can about the needs of the community. Every week we intend inviting visitors to enrich the provision. Activities will include, learning circus skills, sewing, drama, singing, sports and anything else that the children require. There will also be opportunities for Family Learning and consultation with professionals who can discuss employment, health and general advice. The cost will be between £2.50 and £3.00 per hour. The Sunrise Sunset club will not alter the current provision in Niton but will enhance it. For further information please phone for 2 - 5 year olds - Jayne Hill 730985 5 - 9 year olds - Ingrid Ramsdale Capper 730209 (See ad page 18).
Welcome News and Updates Activities Cooking Book Review Education School News Summer Special Parties Places to Visit Competition Childcare and Pregnancy Services Island Families 1 2 4 10 11 12 14 20 24 26 32 33 34 39
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Island day Nursery
The Island Day Nursery are running a fun packed Holiday Club programme at the Gurnard Pines Resort. Children can come along for a full day of fun and exciting activities taking place both in the nursery and across the resort, making use of all the fantastic facilities available at Gurnard Pines Park. All children from 4 years to 8 years are welcomed to join the holiday club for a one off occasion, to a full-time week. The Nursery and Creche will also be available as normal for the younger children from 0 - 4 years. All staff are fully qualified and have childcare experience. All the holiday activities are included in the good value club prices, which also include lunch. Children have time in monkey mansion soft play daily. Other activities that are on offer on the site during the summer holiday club are; swimming in the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis, trips to the park, orienteering, mini cinema, and nature walks. Holiday club will be running Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm for 8 weeks over the summer period from the 9th July 2009 to 3rd September 2009. We are also open on Bank Holiday’s during the summer. If you would like your child booked in before or after these times due to work commitments we are able to take them into nursery, at a small additional cost. For any enquiries or bookings please call us on: 01983 294930.
Vantage Portraits competition winner Lauren Sheath age 8 “I was so excited when I received the letter from The Rainbow Directory saying that I had won the competition for a free family portrait shoot at Vantage Portraits. My Mum made the appointment with Kris and off we went. My brother Bradley and I had such fun, Kris was really friendly and made us laugh all the time. We even got to take some photos ourselves. We had a great time at Vantage Portraits and I cant wait to see our photos on DVD. Thank you very much for a great prize”. From Lauren Sheath, age 8, from Colwell Bay.
YMCA Day Nursery
Children at YMCA Day Nursery and Pre-School, based at St Mary’s Hospital, not only have four large playrooms and an extensive garden to play in, but also supervised access to the hospital grounds providing a wealth of exciting learning opportunities. Although in the middle of Newport, the grounds include areas of woodland for the children to explore in a safe and caring environment. Children are encouraged to take controlled risks and learn from each other with suitably tailored activities. A recent excursion focussed on the abundant wild daisies and trees, with children learning how to describe and identify different parts of the plants, explore different textures and bark colours and even have time for hide and seek and tree climbing! With the emphasis on learning through involvement, children asked questions on tree size, leaves and why some trees were bigger than others. (See ad page 22)
Here is Eden Crumplin aged 9 one of the winners of Sandown Rocks competition with Senad Adams. If you would like to try your hand at climbing the wall see advert page 29 Sandown Rocks the 3 family tickets were won by Eden Crumplin, Harry Payne and Dominic Dynford.
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Kids Art. Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport. (See ad page 26) 01983 822490
Football and Ice Hockey
M.C.A.F.E. Coaching Centre 01983 755537 Football coaching centre for children 5-12 years. A positive teaching & learning environment, U.E.F.A & F.A qualified staff with enhanced CRB clearance, FA Charter Mark Award for holiday courses. Isle of Wight Junior Ice Hockey Club. (IWJIHC) 07854 475411 07834 958770 We have an excellent learn to play hockey curriculum that develops the players through from basic skills to match competency. Come to Power Hour which is every Tuesday night 5.30 - 6.30 pm, £3.50.
Dance, Drama and Music
Dancing Tots. Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport (See advert page 26) 01983 822490 Caterpillar Music (See ad inside back cover) 01983 875505 Caterpillar Music at Jolly Rogers, music only or music/play and music/play/meal deals available, call Maggie to book your FREE trial, 10.00am and 11.00am Classes Tuesdays during term time. Footsteps Dance Studio. 01983 407316 01983 865264 Classes in ballet, tap & freestyle for exams, shows or just for fun. Three years old to professional level and adult classes. Teachers qualified with International Dance Teachers Association. Also qualified nursery nurses. Classes in Lake, Brading and Bembridge. Gillian Cartwright School of Dance. 01983 730401 Classes in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz and Aerobics for 3 years to adult. Exams, Festivals and SHOW WORK. Studios in Shanklin and Lake. Qualified teachers of the R.A.D. – I.S.T.D. and B.T.D.A. The Islands most award winning dance school. Magic Movers www.magicmovers.co.uk 01983 864416 Get active with your child! Fun, easy movement to music sessions for 2-5 year olds with an adult companion. Term time Thursdays, 11:30 – 12.30 in Newport. £3 including snack. Loyalty reward scheme. Each session features original music you won’t find anywhere else! PJ’s Theatre School www.pjstheatreschool.co.uk 01983 611791 Not just a dance school or just for performance - Come and learn the lot ! Singing, Dance & Drama, with awards & examinations, local & West End Performances – learn with working Professionals. New classes include Hip Hop, adult exercise, parent/toddler dance . See the website for more details Rhythm Time (See ad page 6) Theatre Train (See ad page 7) 07950 501763 01983 248844
Hill Farm Riding School, Freshwater. 0774 8253899 01983 752502 Love ponies, then come and ride with us. All ages and abilities welcome. Fun days, own a pony days, hacking, jumping and looking after ponies, you can learn to do it all. We now do birthday parties too.
Sports Clubs and Swimming
The Isle of Wight Sports Club Seaview 01983 613108 Lovely facilities for all the family. Pool with poolside steam room, floodlit all weather tennis court, badminton, squash, table tennis, gymnasium, fitness studio. Also sporting activities are arranged during the school holidays. To find out more and how to join www.iwsports.co.uk Jane McGregor Swimming Academy (See ad page 6) 01983 563139 Swimming classes for all ages and abilities starting with Waterbabies then classes for toddlers or preschool classes right up to advanced mini squad.
Goodleaf Tree Climbing Fun, friendly, instructed tree climbing for all ages.www.Goodleaf.co.uk 01983 563573
Yoga Bugs & Yoga’d Up 07837 013456 01983 403930 Children’s Yoga Instructor. Yoga Bugs (2-8 years) & Yoga’d Up (8-12 years) at the Community Shala, Methodist Church Hall, York Road Sandown Available on a 1 to1 basis, and to teach in Schools. Call Louise Morgan.
West Wight Dance Troup 01983 754528 A fun community dance experience for 4-15 year olds.Classes in street/Hip Hop, Bollywood, Disco and Cheerleading, Saturday mornings. With Ex-International street dance champion at Weston Community School, Totland Bay. Please call Lee Ellen. www.westwightdancetroupe.co.uk
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Rhythm Time Launches Educational Song & Rhyme Booklet!
Activities and Health
Rhythm Time has launched its first ever educational booklet called ‘From Waking to Sleeping’. It complements the developmental learning approach used in the Rhythm Time Baby classes and reinforces the developmental benefits gained by using music and singing in every day activities. This helps to stimulate vital brain connections that must be made in the first year of a baby’s life. The booklet has been written by Rhythm Time’s owner and founder, Kathy Doolan. It contains simple fun songs and rhymes to accompany activities throughout the day such as changing a baby’s nappy, play time, quiet time and bath time, giving explanations of the developmental benefits to the baby for each activity. Copies will soon be available to buy in our classes or through our online shop.
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Sandown Rocks is the fabulous new outdoor climbing wall set in the grounds of Sandown High School. The wall is designed to reflect the dramatic coloured sands of Alum Bay and remind us of the strong sailing history of the Island. The mainsail and foresail reach heights of nearly 10m and our lofty spinnaker sail stretches to 12m! The view from the top is superb and the sense of achievement even better! Even the red squirrels in the nearby treetops seem bemused to see people abseiling down from above them! ‘I love working at the climbing wall’ explained Senad, ‘It’s just such fun and so satisfying to see first time climbers approach the wall rather cautiously; this soon turns to shouts of glee, big grins and thumbs-up signs from the top of the wall. Everyone achieves at the wall and often it is those who struggle at traditional team sports who achieve the most. Sandown Rocks impacts on the life of everyone who climbs it, giving them extra confidence in everything they do. It is truly an inspirational place!’ (See ad page 28).
In2action are the Islands leading provider of school activity residential, school activity non-residential, activity days and birthday parties for Island children between the age of 8 and 15 years. Based at Gurnard Pines near Cowes, In2action have a fantastic selection of activities available. Try walking on water in our Waterwalkerz or become the next Robin Hood by trying the sport for all; archery, there’s always something to keep you occupied come rain or shine. Activity days are the idea solution for working parents. Be confident in the fact that your children will have a fantastic day trying new activities while meeting new friends and having fun in a safe and encouraging environment. Activity days and birthday parties are available from the 1st of June until the 30th of September. For booking and further information please call us on 01983 200953.
Stage Coach Isle of Wight
Stagecoach Isle of Wight opened in September 2006 and is the first Stagecoach Theatre Arts school on the island. It operates on a Friday evening (4.30pm - 7.30pm) during normal academic term time at Ryde High School Theatre. The school provides a weekly workshop for students between the ages of 5 and 18 and classes are always kept small (maximum of 15). The Principal James Wyatt, has a vast experience in performing, teaching and directing. He has written eleven musicals to date as well as music for professional dance companies and television (BBC and Channel 4). All children are involved in our presentations as they are written for the students that are enrolled. (See ad page 8).
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Choclate Chip Cookies
by Hungry Harry
Not sure what to read over the summer, here are few ideas.
Or log on to www.buzzybooks.co.uk to find more titles for the holidays. Princess Ellie’s Summer Holiday
This recipe makes a fabulously rich cookie with a crunch on the outside a wonderful gooey, sticky inside! You can find cookie recipes in many books but this one is a genuine American MidWest recipe and let’s face it, the USA is the home of the big, yummy, chocolate chip cookie. Ingredients 300g plain flour 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) 1 teaspoon fine salt 170g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slight 215g light brown sugar 120g granulated white sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 large egg 1 large egg yolk 300g milk chocolate chips You will need Weighing scales Sieve Large mixing bowl Medium mixing bowl Wooden spoon Cling Film Baking tray
The royal family are off on holiday to a beautiful island resort with its own local stables. There Ellie and Kate meet snooty Princess Clara, who always thinks she knows best. But when Clara gets herself into trouble, Ellie and Kate rush to her aid with the help of a very special pony called Mango .
A best selling series about ponies, adventure, friendship, and being a princess. l 12 books in this series. l Diana Kimpton is an experienced horse-riding instructor who has written a number of successful books and televisions scripts for children. She also lives here on the island. l RRP £4.99 Product Code 07308
Going to School Sticker Book
This is a beautifully illustrated story, sticker and puzzle book all in one. A great way to help younger readers discuss their first experiences of going to school.
1. Melt the butter and set aside to cool. 2. In the medium sized mixing bowl sift together the flour, bicaronate of soda and salt. Set aside. 3. In the large mixing bowl stir together melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla. 4. To the large mixing bowl add one whole egg, then the single egg yolk. Beat well to ensure that egg is evenly distributed. This will make a rich yellow coloured paste. 5. Next stir in dry ingredients that you have in the medium sized mixing bowl. 6. Then fold in the chocolate chips until well mixed. It will look as if there are too many chocolate chips and it is hard to stir but the dough will be able to hold them all. 7. Place half of the mixture onto a piece of clingfilm that you have laid out on the work surface. Roll the mixture into a long sausage (about 25-30cm in length). Wrap tightly in the clingfilm. Do the same with the remaining half of the mixture. Put both “sausages” in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. 8. Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas Mark 5. 9. Take the now chilled “sausages” out of the fridge and slice them into 1-2cm thick “hockey pucks”. You will need a good sharp knife to do this. Drop the “pucks” onto a greased baking sheet. You may need to just tidy up the shape a little depending how sharp your knife was! Leave a 4-5cm space between each “puck” as they will grow! 10. Bake in your preheated oven for approximately 10-12 minutes or only until the edges begin to turn golden. (They’ll look and feel underdone but they’re ready.) Cool on the sheet for 1 minute and remove with a wide spatula to a cooling rack. Cool thoroughly and enjoy! Another great thing about this recipe is that you can slice and cook one of the “sausages” today and freeze the other “sausage” for a quick cookie fix when you need one another day!
Young children will love following the simple story and replacing missing words with stickers illustrated by Stephen Cartwright. Designed to introduce young children to unfamiliar situations in an amusing and friendly way. Features over 50 colourful stickers, including “I found the duck!” reward stickers. RRP £3.99 Product Code 09359
Oliver can’t wait for his birthday party until a mix-up with the invitations means that he’s lumbered with some unwanted guests. When food starts disappearing and presents go missing, it looks like Oliver’s party is set for disaster. Can Oliver stop the party-poopers in time to have a magical birthday?
Happy Birthday, Oliver Moon
Oliver Moon wants to have the best birthday bash ever, but some of his guests have other ideas. l Packed with comic exploits, extraordinary characters and more than a handful of magic. l Visit the Oliver Moon Website at www.olivermoon.co.uk for magical fun! l RRP £3.99 Product Code 08687
To order any of these book call 01983 872191 or log on to www.buzzybooks.co.uk
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Good Thinking 01983 282810 Is an independent practice set up by Lucy Walshe, Educational Psychologist, and is based at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic. For more information contact Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org. call for a free no obligation discussion.
Kumon Maths and English has been running in Cowes for 12 years, enabling literally hundreds of children to excel at school and beyond with its tailored numeracy and literacy programme. Harry Vernon, a former Maths Teacher at Sandown High, is to take over the running of the Centre from Tuesday 7th July, as the previous Instructor, Alan Thompson, is to retire. Harry has been running Kumon Sandown and Shanklin for two years, with considerable success. Harry and his Assistant Instructors are absolutely committed to the well-being and academic fulfilment of all Kumon students, who receive individual attention, individually tailored homework and plenty of encouragement and positive feedback. Kumon Cowes will run on Tuesdays between 3.15pm and 5.15pm at Cowes Primary School. The Centre will continue to provide a positive learning environment for the children. It is a welcoming place with a good measure of helpful discipline.
Independent Speech & Language Therapist 01983 618757 For assessment , therapy , advice and training for all your child’s communication needs. Phone Bev Jessup or www.speech-train.co.uk
Home Education and Tuition
Isle of Wight Learning Zone www.iwlearningzone.co.uk Home education support group, email email@example.com 01983 883866 Kumon English and Maths 01983 853643 Complete after school English and mathematics programmes for children 4-14 of all abilities. www.kumon.co.uk (See ad page 13). Martin Beverley L.T.C.L. MUS. ED. 01983 248844 Qualified experienced Piano Tuition, all ages and abilities. Tutoring in graded examinations, or simply for pleasure. Easy2name will solve all your labeling problems.
With waterproof stickers for labeling shoes, lunchboxes and equipment and a choice of clothing labels, including Stick-Easy clothing labels - the no sew, no iron option, lost property will be a thing of the past. Their ‘Off to School’ set is great value as it includes stickers, iron on labels, a shoe bag and bag tag.
Hordle Walhampton, Lymington 01590 672013 Independent boarding and day school for boys and girls from 2-13 years. We provide the best possible teaching and have small classes (See ad page 15). Mayville High School 023 9273 4847 Independent school in Southsea.Girls and Boys from 6 mths - 16 years. Small - Unique and Successful. Mini Bus picks up from the Hover Craft to the school and back each day. (See ad inside front cover) Portsmouth High School 023 9282 6714 Find out what we have to offer your daughter from nursery through to sixth form. Only 5 Minute walk from Southsea Hover Terminal. (See ad page 16). Priory School 01983 861222 Priory School, Alverstone Manor, Shanklin. Offers a independent education for girls and boys from 5 -16 years. (See ad page 16).
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Independent Parents Guide
Make Mayville your First Choice
Mayville High School is a small independent coeducational day school, a little gem tucked up, in the heart of Southsea. Founded in 1897 our size is our strength, big enough to offer pupils a wide range of opportunities, we are small enough to truly treat each pupil as an individual. We have a fleet of minibuses that pick up, and drop off daily at the Hovercraft terminal, so getting to and from our school if you live on the island is very straight-forward. At Mayville we can offer your child a place from the age of 6 months to 16 years. Divided into the Nursery, Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior Schools, we have a renowned Dyslexia Unit and offer a Gifted and Talented Programme. Each child is a valued member of our school, and our aim is to identify your child’s strengths and help them recognise their own potential. This encourages them to achieve not just academically but in every area of school life. At Mayville we believe it is the happy child who learns, and the confident pupil who fulfils their potential. Education in our school is a three way process involving the school, pupils and their parents. Small classes are a priority, and girls and boys are taught separately in most subjects to best meet their learning styles. We also offer flexible teaching programmes to help meet the needs of each individual learner. At Mayville our aim is to ensure that children feel secure and valued. If you feel your child would flourish in our environment, don’t hesitate to call us we would love to show you round. (See ad inside front cover).
Independent Parents Guide
Eton and Winchester Successes
Hordle Walhampton School pupils, Thomas Shakespeare and Henry Carey-Morgan, have been awarded places at Winchester College and Eton College respectively. Thirteen-year old Thomas has been awarded an academic scholarship to Winchester, whilst Henry, who is also thirteen, has been given an unconditional place at Eton. “Both Winchester and Eton have extremely high standards and a tradition of accepting only boys able to demonstrate a strong academic foundation and a good breadth of interests,” said Henry Phillips, Hordle Walhampton’s headmaster. “We are therefore delighted for Thomas and Henry who, together with their teachers, have worked extremely hard to achieve this success.” “Eton’s traditions and history really appealed to me and I really wanted to go there, so I’m very pleased to have been awarded a place.” said Henry. It was Thomas’s academic work that won him the Winchester scholarship. He said: “I did work really hard and fortunately it paid off, so I‘m now rather looking forward to a relaxing summer before I join Winchester in September.”
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Independent Parents Guide
Blackberry Lane Pre-School Cowes 01983 298344 We provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment for children from 2 years 8 months to 4 years. Bonnie-Faces Pre-School 01983 856354 We offer a stimulating and educational environment with superb indoor and outdoor facilities for children 2-5 years. Friendly and professional staff. Ofsted May 2009 ‘Outstanding’ Casa dei bambini Montessori Nursery 01983 566188 A small run established private Montessori Nursery. Providing a good educational and caring environment. The nursery is open for children aged between 2-5 years. Chatterbox Day Nursery 01983 616779 We offer the highest standards of care and education to children aged 3 months -12 years in a safe homely environment. For further information or prospectus contact us at, 32, Nelson St, Ryde. Tel 616779. Or Nettlestone Primary School Tel: 616070. Haylands Pre-School (See ad page 19). High quality care and education. 01983 617185
Island Day Nursery (See ad inside front cover). 01983 533334 3 Nurseries - Pre- Schools around the island, Newport, Sandown and Gurnard Pines. Little Squirrels Community Nursery (See ad page 18). 01983 615648 Purpose built nursery catering for children aged from birth to 5 years, open 50 weeks per year. Newchurch Nursery School (See ad page 18). Nine Acres Pre-School (See ad page 19). A caring pre-school which have close links with reception class. Niton Pre-School A fun friendly pre-school for children age 2-5 years (See advert page 18). Oakfield Pre-School & Holiday Club Pre-School, after school and holiday club in the Ryde Area (See advert page 18). Wroxall Pre-School Age 2-5, we have fun learning through play. £5.75 a session (See advert page 18). YMCA Day Nursery (See ad page 22) Within the grounds of St Mary’s Hospital. 01983 868361 01983 822163
Priory School is an Independent Co-educational Day School for boys and girls aged 5 -16 years. In September 2010 this will extend from 16-18 years as a Sixth Form will open. This will offer a complete education from 5 to 18 ensuring no disruption to your child’s education. It was founded in Shanklin in 1993 out of Upper Chine School. In March 2009 the school came into the ownership of Edmund Matyjaszek, who is a company director, trained in law, who was also for years Director & Trustee of the National Poetry Society. His family has been in teaching for generations. The new management team consists of a Principal, Heads of Junior (5-11) and Senior (11-18) Schools, School Administrator and Bursar. Priory School continues to focus, as it has done since its foundation, on the development of each individual pupil, with small class sizes, pastoral flexibility, and sound academic results. Since March 2009 clear discipline, team sports, music and drama have been developed, together with wider links into the community. The aim of Priory School is to offer a first-class education at an affordable cost in a well-structured and clearlyrun environment to become the school of choice for parents and pupils on the Isle of Wight.
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Top things to do over the Summer
Top things to do over the Summer
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Parents and Toddlers Groups
Bembridge Tots Group 01983 568601 We meet every Thursday 10 - 12noon, lots of toys, activities, all welcome. Please call for details. CatURpillars Babies and Toddlers Activity Session , Shanklin 01983 862485 Thursdays 12.45 – 2.30pm and Fridays 10.00 – 12.00. Ride on car, ball pool, play dough, sorting toys, baby area, singing time and lots more. £1.00 per child £1.50 per family inc healthy drink and snack. Cowes Children’s Centre SureStart 01983 291719 We offer a wide range of FREE services all year round for Parents & Carers of children under 5. Please call for more details. Gurnard Toddler Group, Gurnard Village Hall, Worsley Rd Gurnard 01983 249607 Term time only. Fridays 9.30-11.30am. Craft activities, toys, books, baby soft play, themed events. NCT Bumps & Babies 0844 243 6176 Wootton Bridge Methodist Church, Station Road, Wootton Bridge. Every Tuesday, 10.30am-12.30pm. Bumps & Babies is an informal coffee group, run by volunteers in the NCT, for ALL expectant or new mums. It takes place in Wootton and is a great place to meet other People with small children, share your parenting experiences or ideas and have an informal chat over coffee. NCT Tiny Tots Cowes 0844 243 6176 Cowes Children’s Centre, Love Lane, Cowes. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10am-12pm. We welcome all members and non-members of the NCT, from pregnant women through to parents with children right up to school age. Play areas, craft activities, books and outdoor play (during nice weather). NCT Tiny Tots Freshwater 0844 243 6176 West Wight Youth & Community Centre, Moa Place, Freshwater. Every Wednesday, 10am-12pm. We welcome all members and non-members of the NCT, from pregnant women through to parents with children right up to school age. Play areas, craft activities and books. NCT Tiny Tots Ryde 0844 243 6176 Ryde United Reformed Church, Upton Road, Ryde. Every Friday, 10am-12pm. We welcome all members and non-members of the NCT, from pregnant women through to parents with children right up to school age. Play areas, craft activities, books and outdoor play (during nice weather). NCT Tiny Tots Ventnor 0844 243 6176 Ventnor Children’s Centre, Albert Street, Ventnor. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 1pm-3pm. We welcome all members and non-members of the NCT, from pregnant women through to parents with children right up to school age. Play areas, craft activities, books and outdoor play (during nice weather). Please note - 23rd July will be the last session at Ventnor. SureStart Children’s Centre George Street Ryde 01983 617617 We offer a wide range of FREE services all year round for Parents & Carers of children aged 0 - 5 years. Please call for more details
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Caterpillar Music Parties (See ad inside back cover) Each party is full of fun activities & surprises. We bring magic and song. 01983 875505
Central Discos call Sam & Darren 07799 131492 01983 556906 Planning a Childrens party, then look no further you need Central Discos. From toddler to teens we offer lasers, bubbles, lights and great music .CRB checked, tailored for you, ANY DO, WE’LL DO www.centraldiscos.yolasite.com Chessell Pottery Barns 01983 531248 Children love painting! For groups of 6 or more, a pottery decorating party includes studio demonstration, 8.5” pottery plate, materials, glazing and firing, plus sandwich lunch/tea. Goldstar Discos For all your parties, good cheap and reliable. 07930 855411 01983 533319
Island People Children Entertainers 07967 305284 01983 404275 We play traditional party games for your child’s special day, school or event. Call for Ms Poppins, Mrs Action, Disco Diva, Fairy Godmother, Go Bonkers and many more. In2action 01983 200953 In2action offer birthday parties for children between the age of 8 and 15 years. Based at Gurnard Pines near Cowes. Call for more information. Partykids 01983 864416 Two entertainers – one affordable price. Kay and Kevin provide the complete entertainment package for your 2 hour party, with a blend of live and recorded music, dances, fun and games. Call us for a chat, or visit www.iowpartykids.co.uk Pony Parties 07748 253899 01983 752502 Pony parties for you and your friends on that special day. All abilities catered for, from 4 years. It’s great fun, a party to remember. Penguin Party at Flamingo Park 01983 612153 Fantastic entertainment , hands on feeding penguins, see pelican bay, pets corner, flamingos, meerkat madness and lots more. A fully catered birthday party at the park. Rhythm Time Birthday Parties 07950 501763 Singing,dancing and fun! Personalised for your child. Available for 1-5 year olds. For more information about Rhythm Time Isle of Wight please call. Sandown Rock Climbing Parties 07593 543231 Climbing Parties! If you are looking for a unique venue for a party then look no further: Sandown Rocks is the place for you! (See ad page 28). West Wight Disco. 0800 118 2484 The Soundtrack to your party. All kinds of music for all kinds of event. email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Places to Visit and Eat
Places to Visit and Eat
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(Last admissions 4pm) *not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
New for 2009 – Otter Creek
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Adult/Senior Citizen £6.00 – Child £5.00*
Only one voucher needed per party ... A full day of entertaining events ... Keep this voucher for as many repeat visits throughout the season at the special price.
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Seaview tel: 01983 612261
Open April 4th – 10am to 5pm
Places Visit and Eat
Places to Visit and Eat
The Needles Park
The Needles Park is a great attraction for families; with plenty of fun packed rides to entertain the kids including the tea cup ride, carousel, Jurassic golf and probably the most popular of all, Junior Driver where kids get the chance to drive around a track and get their very own Isle of Wight driving licence as a souvenir! The Needles Park also has a great range of catering facilities including restaurant, licensed bar and outdoor kiosks serving a wide range of food and drinks. Don’t forget the famous Magic in the Skies firework evenings every Thursday from 30th July to 27th August which is now even bigger and better than ever! With street entertainment from 6:30pm including live music, street performers; magicians, juggling, fire breathing, not to mention the fantastic firework display, it really is a night not to be missed! Please note: this event is weather permitting. This year The Needles Park is doing it’s best to help you beat the ‘crunch’ by offering loads of money saving deals on site so why not come and visit us and have A Great Value Day Out For All The Family!
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Places to Visit and Eat
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Win six sessions at a Caterpillar Music Class for 3 children
Caterpillar Music classes are based around music and movement for Under 5’s and are filled with fun. In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the children - some as young as six months old, are inspired to learn and build on their speech and language development alongside their social and confidence skills. With different weekly themes, captivating puppets, exciting instruments, music making and innovative songs, the classes have proven to be one of the most attended and popular Pre-School activities on the Island. Parents and grandparents join in all the activities meaning everyone has a fantastic time each week and leave the class with happy children who look forward to coming back. In June there was a new edition to the classes. He is the Caterpillar Music bear called Cosmo. Once a week, he is taken home by one child from each class for them to look after and a record kept of his adventures to share with the other children in the class. For your chance to win, just answer the following question.
Childcare and Pregnancy
“What is the name of the Caterpillar Music Bear?”
Win 1 of 3 family tickets to visit National Trust Properties on the Island
For a fun day out with a difference this summer why not visit one or more of the island’s National Trust properties all of which welcome families and provide a variety of activities to keep all ages amused. The Needles Old Battery must be one of the Trust’s most unusual sites. Perched high above the cliffs on the most westerly tip of the island it now has a pushchair friendly viewing platform so everyone can get a good view of the rocks. Explore the site with a family discovery pack which is free to borrow and then search for Major Mindup and his five Gunners hidden around the Battery. When you’ve found them, see if you can find the flowerpot people in Mottistone Manor Garden before borrowing a discovery pack. Bembridge Windmill is the island’s only surviving windmill and has four floors to explore with the help of a new children’s quiz sheet. Although no longer in working order, the mill contains most of its original machinery and by turning the handle of our new working model you see how all the different parts worked together. The Island’s smallest property, Newtown Old Town Hall also has a children’s quiz sheet and a variety of nature activities are run by the Newtown Education Warden. For your chance to win 1 of 3 family tickets please answer.
Little Nippers Baby Boutique, situated in Regent Street Shanklin, has now been open for a year. During this time more and more parents and especially new grandparents are being delighted to find such a wide range of quality and unusual gifts and clothes for the newborn and toddler. Particularly successful has been the soft Organic clothes whose range is being increased month on month. Classic French sophistication comes gift wrapped with Emile et Rose hand finished baby clothes. The shop stocks a large range of soft bears and toys by Kaloo, Wooden toys feature strongly in the toy area, highly coloured and built to last, from baby walkers with wooden blocks, to rattles, train sets, jigsaws, dolls houses and garages. A large range of Thomas The Tank Engine to soft Taggie Comfort Blankets with satin tags are found in another corner, surrounded by teethers, pram toys, rattles and cot mobiles Little Nippers is truly an Aladdins cave for everyone under the age of 5. If you are unable to visit the shop you can shop online for many of these items at littlenippersuk.com
“Where will you find Major Mindup?”
Please remember only one entry per child is permitted, please write clearly with your name address, aged and phone number and send your answer to The Rainbow Directory, PO Box 119, Bembridge, Isle of Wight PO35 5WZ. By the 31st July or you can enter the competition if you visit www.therainbowdirectory.co.uk All winners will be notified by phone and by post. If you enter the competition your details will not be passed on. Family tickets are valid for one visit to each of the Needles Old Battery, Mottistone Manor Garden, Bembridge Windmill and Newtown Old Town Hall for 2 adults and up to 3 children under the age of 18 until 1 November 2009. Caterpillar Music voucher is for 6 session starting the September 09 for the winning child only.
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Contact a Family Hampshire and IOW 01252 545345 We offer a wide range of information for families with children with disabilities, put families in touch with other families in similar situations, and are able to answer (or find the answer) to a host of issues appertaining to children’s disabilities. We have a freephone helpline 0808 808 3555 during office hours. www.cafamily.org.uk For local help call Cay Byford. Home Start IOW 01983 533357 Do you have some spare time to help a family in your community? Home-Start volunteers visit families in their own homes, for a few hours a week to offer support and friendship. Training and expenses provided. Criminal Record Bureau check will be carried out.To find out more please call or email: email@example.com
Your Help is Needed
The Rainbow Directory want to continue to support appeals for children projects on the Isle of Wight. You can find an update on how the Barely Born Appeal is going on our website.
This year we would like to help
The Rainbow Club Downs Syndrome Support Group
They need your help!
Creative Childcare Adventures 07830 287408 From holistic play to bug hunts. Preparing food ,exploring the environment and different cultures. Music, singing exercise. I have vacancies at weekends and in school holidays. Please call Jackie Swatton Parkhurst Area.
Freedom Childcare Childcare in your own home. (See ad page 33) 01983 299222
The Rainbow club is the only Downs Syndrome support group on the Island, it is affiliated with the Downs Syndrome Association. The Rainbow Club supports children with Downs Syndrome and their families on the Island. They have a library of resources for families and professionals to borrow also organises days out for the families, funds training for parents and more. All this is funded by donations, small grants and fundraising. Haylands Primary School kindly have let the group use their playzone mobile as a base for the group. The club meet the first Saturday of the month from 2pm - 4pm. Families and friends are all welcome. But The Rainbow Club would like to find a base near the centre of the island to store their growing library and to meet up. We would also like to fund more speech and language support as this is a particular weakness for people with Downs Syndrome. If you have a hall, room or know of some where that the group could use each month with a space to store their things then please call Claire on 01983 568601. Hovertravel have been assisting in the groups travel to specialists in Southsea every month. But The Rainbow Club would like to have a specialist group here on the island to help all families island wide.
IW Real Nappy Network 01983 882108 Modern cloth nappies need no soaking, folding or pins. They are convenient, breathable, eco-friendly, save you money and look great! Call us for advice, brochures, free trial kits and free delivery, or visit www.iownappies.co.uk
Cleaning and Garden Services
Goldstar Angels Cleaning Services Cleaning homes to shops we do it all call Kim. 07955 197994 01983 533319 West Wight Cleaning Services www.westwightcleaningservices.co.uk 01983 760779 Specialising in holiday let and second home services.Please contact Jane Rogers to discuss your requirements. An Isle of Wight trading standards scheme approved member. Goldstar Garden Services All garden jobs undertaken big or small. Give us a call. 07930 855411 01983 533319
They have been fundraising with ‘Big Step Forward’ it was a sponsored walk around Steyne Park in Bembridge to Raise awareness of Downs Syndrome and to help funds for The Rainbow Club and DSA. If you can help in anyway please contact the group on 01983 568601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support
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Warmahome with the Footprint Trust
With hot days ahead and the possibility of one of the best summers on record insulating your home against the cold maybe the last thing on your mind. The Footprint Trust’s Warmahome project is urging householders to consider insulating their homes now and take advantage of various special offers on loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. The good news is that most homes can be insulated for less than £400 - and the pay back in money saving can be made over two cold winters. For more information please contact the Trust on 82-22-82. The project also provides free home visits, giving energy saving guidance on boilers, windows and insulation, and shows ways in which to reduce energy bills. The scheme aims to improve the well-being and quality of life for families across the Island whilst reducing environmental damage caused by energy being wasted. The Footprint Trust doesn’t just work with adults they have a schools programme aimed at pupils of all ages. The workshops help young people understand about the world’s diminishing resources and help schools to reduce their energy bills and waste in general. Their educational work is sponsored by the Isle of Wight Council and thus is free to all Island schools.
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Chemical FREE Cleaning for your home, your school or place of work !
Debbie and Jane from Enjo on the Island have been very busy since our spring issue. I met up with Debbie to find out about her work with Island schools. Steve Barlett head teacher of Nine Acres Primary School in Newport told us that the school had been using Enjo products since July 2008. The first week of the summer holidays and the cleaning staff started to use Enjo products. So no more cleaning with chemicals. The school class rooms and offices are now cleaned without chemicals and the school have introduced it into the breakfast and after school clubs. Nearly a year on and the cleaning products are still going strong. It maybe hard to believe, I had to see a demo myself. Lots of Island schools have followed Nine Acres Primary. Schools following a healthier option, and role models for a green Island are Wootton Primary School (now have the cleaners using ENJO), Haylands Primary making a difference, Barton Primary are cleaned by Diamond Isle Cleaners who clean using Enjo. Also the Children Centres Cowes, Ryde and Ventnor all have reduced chemicals used. So if your child has allergies or asthma look at your cleaning product. Call for a free demo and make the change today.
Recycling really does make a difference!
There are a few simple things you can do to keep up the good work and help to recycle more this year: Recycle at home - You can recycle all glass bottles and jars, stapled magazines, newspapers, and bagged textiles in the black recycling box which is collected fortnightly from the kerbside; and all cooked and uncooked food waste in the green organics bucket, collected weekly with your normal rubbish. Pass on the good news! - Let family, friends and neighbours know the facts about recycling. Got more to recycle? - check out our online A Z for information on how to reduce, reuse and recycle other types of waste. To order your free kerbside recycling boxes or find out more about how you can really make a difference, call us on 823777 or go online www.iwight.com/recycling
Save Money on Nappies
The IW Real Nappy Network is here to help you make an informed nappy choice, offering a free twoweek trial service to all Island parents with babies and toddlers. Did you know that from newborn to potty-training, a baby’s nappy will be changed about 6,000 times? Switching to reusable nappies - even part-time - could save your family around £400-£900; use them on a second baby and save even more! Why not first try our great value newborn nappy hire service? It costs from as little as £6 per week, including accessories, with a 50% discount on the second nappy hire kit for twins. Thinking of a gift for new parents? Ask about our range of great gifts, including Naturally Wight Skincare products and the innovative Nappymat changing mat (both Island-made and organic), plus reusable swim nappies and training pants for later on. Or you could opt for a gift voucher, and let the proud parents choose for themselves. (See ad page 34).
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Anne, Alan and Laurence.
Why do you like living in Seaview? Favourite Local Park
Seaview is a lovely village with local shops and beaches Puckpool is our favourite park lots to do for all ages.
Fran, Charlotte and Harry
Favourite Local Club / Class
Isle of Wight Sport Club in Seaview. Fantastic pool a lot of activities for all the family.
Favourite Child – Friendly Restaurant Favourite Place on the Island Best Children’s Book
Dell Café at Puckpool has to be our favourite place to eat. Priory Bay Hotel Garden – slipping rose wine on a lovely summers evening. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. A stunning novel of World War 1. It is so absorbing and atmospheric that you will want to keep reading to the end.
Why do you like living in East Cowes? Favourite Local Park
The Pirate Boat at Grange Park.
Everything is in walking distance: My Business, Nurseries & Schools, Close to mainland links: ferry.
Favourite Local Club / Class
Horse riding at Trotters, Football at Carisbrooke and swimming at Medina.
Favourite Child – Friendly Restaurant Favourite Place on the island Best Children’s Book
The Gruffalo Priory Bay
Priory Bay on a Sunday has free childcare & Seabreeze café in East Cowes is very child friendly! Must be Steep Hill Cove - recently started painting again after 10 years and painted my first picture of the sea.
Would your family like to be in the next Island families, please call 01983 872191.
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