Dear all, We've been asking for childcare/school recommendations for the last few weeks. Thank you very much to those that have contributed. To clarify: we keep all your comments on file, and on request pass them to other University parents looking for "insider" recommendations on local childcare. Individual experiences and perceptions of what makes a facility worth recommending can vary hugely, but many staff and students - particularly those that are new to the area and might not have a network of friends and family to consult - have found your comments very useful. If anyone would like to make use of this resource, you can visit the Childcare Office to look through the file (it's a good idea to email or call first to make an appointment) or you can email with the name(s) of the facility you're interested in and we'll pass on what we have. We don't have comments on all facilities in Cambs: the majority are for nurseries within the city. This week's newsletter is below and packed with the latest info. The PARENT MESSAGES section - which includes items for sale, help wanted and services offered – and some news items have been removed from this online version of the newsletter. In order to receive the full newsletter delivered to your inbox on a Thursday, you must be subscribed to the staff parent email list – email email@example.com with your name, job title and Department. Best wishes, Cassie and Naomi. University Childcare Information Advisers Childcare Office 21 Trumpington Street Cambridge CB2 1QA Tel: 01223 (3)32249 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ----------UNIVERSITIES' HOLIDAY PLAYSCHEME: There are staff spaces left for the upcoming Easter University holiday playscheme for school age children, running from 25 March-4 April. You can download further information and a booking form from www.cam.ac.uk/cambuniv/childcare/playscheme/ or email email@example.com. University staff enjoy priority booking and subsidised places at the Universities' Holiday Playscheme. College Teaching Officers (CTOs) now
also receive priority booking, although fees for CTOs remain at the non-subsidised daily rate of £23 for the first child/£16 for siblings. -----NEW RESOURCES: The new edition of the City Council's free CitySport booklet is now out, with details of sporting courses and activates available for children (and adults) around Cambridge with booking info. Copies are available at all sporting venues round the city, but you can also phone the City Council on 01223 457534 for a copy to be sent via post. -----COFFEE MORNING AT WOLFSON COLLEGE: Wolfson College Family Society would like to invite you to their next coffee morning on Saturday 8 March, 10.30am-12pm at the OCR, Wolfson College. Staff and students from all Colleges with children of all ages are welcome. There will be toys and juice for children while parents can enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and a chat. There are two entrances to Wolfson College, one on Barton Road and the back entrance on Selwyn Gardens (off Grange Road, and closer to the centre of Cambridge). -----UNIVERSITY RESEARCH GROUP LOOKING FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN: Dear Parents, Our research group is currently looking for parents and children (2 or 4 years old) that are interested in participating in our cognitive development experiments. We are based in the Department of Experimental Psychology, here at Cambridge University. Our research focuses on the development of future planning, social cognition and communication in young children. All our tests involve both you and your child (the two of you are never separated) and take the form of a game. An experiment usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes. If you are interested in participating or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email or telephone. Your help would be greatly appreciated, Dean Developing Cognition Lab http://research.psychol.cam.ac.uk/~dcl/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 01223 339551
-----SHARE THE CARE WEEK: SHORT BREAK CARERS WANTED 9-16 March is Share the Care Week, run by the Shared Care Network (www.sharedcarenetwork.org.uk) - a national charity representing short break services for disabled children and young people. Short break care is where a disabled child is linked with a family or individual who provides them with regular, short-term care in the carer’s home; anything from a few hours a week to a few days a month. Most children who use the service have learning difficulties, though they may also have a physical disability, complex healthcare needs or sensory impairments. Carers in Cambridgeshire are using Share the Care Week to recruit more short break carers for disabled children in the county. At least a third of children waiting for short break carers have autism, this year the focus is on recruiting carers for children with autism. Anyone thinking of becoming a short break carer should contact Cambridgeshire Fostering and Adoption Service on 0800 052 0078. -----NATIONAL CHILDBIRTH TRUST NEARLY NEW SALE: VOLUNTEERS WANTED Twice a year NCT Cambridge runs massive nearly new sales of high quality babies and children clothing, plus books, toys, maternity wear and equipment. The next sale is on: Sunday 13th April, 2.30pm-4.30pm (2pm entry for NCT members) Comberton Leisure, Comberton, CB23 7DU. £1 entrance, Proceeds to the National Childbirth Trust. They need over 100 volunteers to run a sale, so if you if you wish to help please see: www.cambridgenct.org/. NB - Volunteers shop at 1pm! -----SCIENCE FESTIVAL, 10-20 MARCH 2008 There are many activities, workshops and talks aimed at children at various locations around Cambridge this week as part of the Science Festival. These additional events are not listed below, so see www.cambridgescience.org for the full programme. -----UPCOMING FAMILY EVENTS: Friday 7 March, 2pm - OPENING CEREMONY, DUXFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL'S SUNSHINE ROOM.
Duxford Primary School officially opens its new community space, The Sunshine Room. Adapted from an existing classroom, the Sunshine Room is now in use by the Duxford Under-Fives Association, incorporating the Playgroup and Toddler Group, as well as by the after-school club (the DX Club) and a new Breakfast Club. For further details, contact the school on 01223 712108. Saturday 8 March, 10.30am-12noon - COFFEE MORNING, Wolfson College, Barton Road. Wolfson College Family Society family coffee morning. See news item above for further details. Saturday 8 March, 11am-1pm - INTO PRINT at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Try out deceptively simple block printing and produce some stunning images inspired by the work in the exhibition French Tapestry and Illustration at the Fitzwilliam's Education Studio. Suitable for ages 8+. Cost: £4 per child and booking is essential. Tel: 01223 332904. See: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/. Saturday 8 March, 2.30pm - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Mumford Theatre, ARU, Cambridge. Classic fairy tale using a mixture of live puppetry and on-screen animation. Tickets: £5. Box Office: 0845 196 2320. See: http://web.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre/. Saturday 8 March, 10am-12pm and 1.30-3.30pm - TREES AND HEDGEROWS FOR FAMILIES at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Learn to identify common trees, date a hedgerow, look for wildlife and be creative with sticks, paint, cobwebs and lichens. Ideal for accompanied children aged 7+. Free book in advance. Contact 01480 451568. See: www.paxton-pits.org.uk/. Saturday 8 March, 2-4pm - PLANTLORE WALK at Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge. Join the Rangers on a walk and find out more about the folklore and uses of many of our native trees and plants. Dress according to the weather. Adult £3, CPS members and children free. Booking essential limited places. Contact Jon Gibbs 01223 248706 or email@example.com. See: www.cpswandlebury.org. Saturday 8 March, 4-6pm - SPRING INTO SPRING WITH BHANGRA BEAT! at Trumpington Village Hall, High St, Trumpington. Free, Vital Communities-sponsored event to celebrate Indian dance and music with themed refreshments. Bring your family and friends. For enquiries, contact Susan Potter, Vital Communities Project Manager on 01223 718013. Saturday 8 March - YOU MOVE 2008 at the Junction, Cambridge.
Youth Dance Platform celebrating the work of young choreographers and Youth Dance Companies from the region. Performance in the evening, with workshops during the day. See: www.junction.co.uk. Sunday 9 March, 10.30am-3pm - NEST BOX BUILDING at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve. Practical family workshop. Build a nest box to encourage your garden birds. Tickets: £6 per nest box. Booking essential on 01353 720274. See: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wickenfen. Sunday 9 March, 10am-4pm TREASURE TRAILS AND ROMAN SCHOLARS OPEN DAY at the Upware Centre. Annual open day. Activities include watercolour painting, mask making, clay modelling, block printing and badge making. Visitors can plant a seed or create a mosaic using seeds and pulses, become a Roman scholar or unravel an eco-trail. At Upware Centre’s South Pit Nature Reserve, visitors can follow a treasure trail, go pond dipping, be a minibeast detective or hunt for Jurassic fossils. Light refreshments will be available and there are picnicking tables in the wildlife garden at the Centre. £2 for adults and £1 for children. For further information phone Cambridgeshire Environmental Education Service Upware on 01353 720264 or the CEES enquiries line on 01780 782386, or see www.cees.org.uk/centres/upware/. 10-20 March - CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2008. See www.cambridgescience.org. Tuesday 11-Saturday 22 March - INTO THE WOODS at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge. Sondheim's classic, magical musical - suitable for older children. See: www.adctheatre.com/. Wednesday 12-Thursday 13 March, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm - ANGELINA BALLERINA at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Introduction to ballet for children and a rare chance to see Angelina Ballerina dance her pirouettes and grand jetes in front of a live audience. Tickets: Adult £16, child £9.50. Group discounts available. Box Office: 01223 357 851. See: www.cornex.co.uk. Wednesday 12 March, 1.30pm - ZEPHYR ENSEMBLE (CONCERT FOR SCHOOLS) at the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. Children £1, accompanying adults free. See: www.westroad.org. Tel: 01223 335184. Thursday 13 March, 10-11.30am - GLITTER AND GLUE at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge. Monthly drop-in art sessions for pre-school children and their carers. Just come an have fun making whatever you want. Admission is first come, first served. £2.50 per child. See: www.kettlesyard.co.uk/.
Saturday 15 March, 2-4pm - EASTER TRAIL & CRAFTS at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve. Springtime art and crafts, Easter bunny trails and an egg hunt - and not forgetting the chocolate! Suitable for 3-12 year olds. Tickets: £4.25 per child. Booking essential on 01353 720274. See: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wickenfen. Saturday 15 March, 11.30am-1.30pm - PLAYING WITH PERSPECTIVE at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Artist-led workshop exploring the use of perspective in painting. Make your own 3D drawing using the rules you’ll learn, then break them all taking inspiration from the modern galleries! Venue: Museum Education Studio. Suitable for ages 8+. Cost: £4 per child and booking is essential. Tel: 01223 332904. See: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/. Saturday 15 March, 10.30am - GEOLOGY, SOIL AND ARCHAEOLOGY WALK at Wimpole Hall and Home Farm. Discover the geology of the dinosaur age of Wimpole Estate and find out about the mining of dinosaur dung, local soils and archaeology. Cost: Adult £5, child £2.50. Booking essential on 01223 206000. See: www.wimpole.org/. Saturday 15 March, 8pm - RATATOUILLE screening at Trumpington Park & Ride site. Drive-in movie. Tickets are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Those not on email can contact Park & Ride on 01223 845561. Movie goers are asked to make a donation to the Q103 Kids charity. See: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/drivein. Saturday 15 March, 2pm - AUDLEY END MINIATURE RAILWAY at Audley End, Saffron Walden. Opening for the 2008 season, this is a delightful ride on a private miniature railway through Estate woodland. See: www.audley-endrailway.co.uk. Saturday 15-Sunday 16 March, 10am-5pm (last entry 3.30pm) - OPEN DAY: UNDERSTANDING WEST STOW at West Stow Country Park and Anglo Saxon Village. Meet Stowacynn, West Stow's very own family of Anglo-Saxons, living in the Village as people would have done 1,500 years ago. Free entry to the Anglo-Saxon Village. Suitable for ages 5 to 16 years. See: www.weststow.org. -----FAMILY CINEMA: 1) Cineworld, Cambridge Leisure Park, Clifton Way, Cambridge. Tel: 0871 200 2000, www.cineworld.co.uk.
Family films showing every Saturday at 10am for £1 per ticket. Sat 8 March: DADDY DAY CAMP; RATATOUILLE; STARDUST. 2) Vue Cinema, Grafton Centre, Cambridge. Tel: 08712 240240, www.myvue.com. Kids AM: Kids £1.50, 1 adult with every child is free (extra adults £1.50) every Sat and Sun for a selected kids film. Sat 8 and Sun 9 March - 10.10am: BEE MOVIE 3) Arts Picturehouse Cinema, 38-39 St. Andrews Street. Tel: 08707 551242, www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema_home_date.aspx?venueId=camb. The KID'S CLUB on Saturdays runs from 10.30am with games and activities followed by a children's film at 11am. For 3-10 year olds (under 5s must be accompanied by an adult to all showings). Sat 8 March: BEE MOVIE. BIG SCREAM on Wednesday mornings - a club for new parents and their babies (under 1 year) where you can see the latest releases with your child accompanying for free. Parents can use the on-site cafe-bar to socialise before the screening at 11am and changing facilities are provided. Weds 12 March: THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL; THE CONFORMIST. ----------PARENT MESSAGES: -----The PARENT MESSAGES section - which includes items for sale, help wanted and services offered – has been removed from this online version of the newsletter. In order to receive the full newsletter delivered to your inbox on a Thursday, you must be subscribed to the staff parent email list – email email@example.com with your name, job title and Department. -----------