University Staff Parent Newsletter_ 29 January 2010

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					Dear all,

The STAFF parent newsletter for 29 January 2010 is below.

For those of you that don't know (or haven't seen me recently!) I am expecting twin boys
and due to go on maternity leave in early March. Because of this, Laura and I will be very
busy over the next few weeks, but Laura will be doing her best to get newsletters out to
you as regularly as possible in the future. Please be patient!

This week's family events include an extra section with some ideas for the upcoming
February half term. Many of these events need to be pre-booked.

The Adverts and Messages section – which includes items for sale and wanted – has been
removed from this version of the newsletter. In order to receive the full newsletter
delivered to your inbox, you must be subscribed to the University staff parent email list.
Email mailto:childcare@admin.cam.ac.uk with your name, job title and Department.

Best wishes,

Cassie and Laura
University Childcare Information Advisers.


Childcare Office
21 Trumpington Street
Cambridge
CB2 1QA

Tel: 01223 (3)32249
Email: childcare@admin.cam.ac.uk
Web: http://www.cam.ac.uk/childcare


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UNIVERSITIES' HOLIDAY PLAYSCHEME - BOOKING CLOSING SOON FOR FEB
HALF TERM:

The Universities' (Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin) Holiday Playscheme operates during
the state school holiday periods for school-age children. University staff and students
receive priority booking and subsidised rates.

Places are now limited and booking up fast for the February half term Playscheme (15-19
February). Advance booking closes on Friday, 5 February - booking forms need to have
arrived at the Childcare Office by this date. Booking forms can be downloaded from
http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/childcare/playscheme/booking.html. Print out and
complete a form fully (incomplete forms will be returned) and send it to the Childcare
Office with payment. Emailed or faxed copies will not be accepted.

Further information is at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/playscheme.

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HOLIDAY PLAYSCHEME: CAN YOU HELP?

A request for your unwanted items for children's activities. The Universities' Holiday
Playscheme is looking for donations of:

- Old toys
- Junk modelling items like toilet rolls, old wrapping paper, old sweet tins, cereal packets,
jam jars, shells, corks etc
- Dressing up clothes: old clothes, shoes, bags, hats
- Old hairdryers, straighteners (broken or not)

If you have anything suitable, drop it into the Childcare Office, 21 Trumpington Street.
The Playscheme team is also looking for activity ideas for faith festivals, and would be
delighted if any parents would be willing to come along to lead activities.

Email mailto:playscheme@admin.cam.ac.uk with any questions.

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NEW RESOURCES:

http://begrand.net - new website offering advice on how grandparents can get more
involved in their grandchildren's lives. This is part of a new Government initiative
offering grandparents greater support and legal rights.

http://www.childcareisfun.co.uk - site for both parents and child carers with recipe,
outing and creative ideas to share with children.

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WANTED: 14-15 MONTH-OLD PARTICIPANTS FOR STUDY ON IMITATION,
LEARNING AND MEMORY:

Cambridge Developing Cognition Lab is looking for young children aged 14 to 15
months to take part in a study on learning from observing others. The study takes place in
our child lab on the Downing Site in the centre of town. If you use public transport to
visit our lab or in case you will not be able to park on the site on the day of your visit, we
will reimburse your parking fees or fare. As a little thank you for taking part, your child
will be able to choose a toy as a gift to take home at the end of the session. Please contact
Dr. Klossek by phone or e-mail for further information/to arrange a time and date for
your session (see contact details below).

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Ulrike Klossek

E-mail mailto:umhk2@cam.ac.uk
Tel +44 01223 766315

Cambridge Developing Cognition Lab
Department of Experimental Psychology
University of Cambridge
Downing Street
Cambridge CB2 3EB

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RAGGED RASCALS:

Ragged Rascals is a weekly softplay group for parents and children under the age of 4 at
Great Shelford Rugby Club (opposite Scottsdale's Garden Centre). Sessions run on
Thursdays, 10am - 12.30pm and now afternoon sessions from 1 - 3pm have been added
due to the growing popularity of the group. Sessions run during state school term time,
half terms and the summer holidays.

Sessions are also run in Abington on Mondays. For further information, see
http://www.raggedrascals.co.uk

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CHORISTER OPEN DAY AT ST JOHN'S COLLEGE:

Saturday 13th February, 2010.
2pm - 5pm.
Come and see what it is like to be a Chorister in the world-famous St. John's College
Choir. All boys aged 6-9 are invited to experience life as a Chorister at this informal open
day.

- Hear the Choir
- Visit the School
- Sing with the Choristers

Choristers all receive bursaries of between 66% and 100% of fees at St. John’s College
School, the Tatler 'National Prep School of the Year'.
No Child is prevented from taking up a choristership for financial reasons.
For further details please contact the School Admissions Secretary, Ms Stephanie Denny,
01223 353652, mailto:admissions@sjcs.co.uk, http://www.sjcs.co.uk/

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UPCOMING FAMILY EVENTS:


*SATURDAY, 30 JANUARY 2010


CAMBRIDGE STORYTELLERS ON TOUR at Ely Library.
Bogles, Boggarts and Big Black Dogs - Tales from the Fens. An afternoon of enthralling
local legends from the Fens and beyond. Suitable for brave 8-year-olds upwards. Hot
chocolate provided.
Time: 14:00 - 16:00.
Cost: 50p each / £2 for families.
Phone: 01223 703522.
Website: http://www.cambridgestorytellers.com


WORLD WETLANDS DAY ACTIVITIES at the Welney Wetland Centre.
Celebrate wetlands around the world at WWT Welney. Join the staff and volunteers to
celebrate this year's forthcoming World Wetlands Day on 2 February, with wetland-
themed activities available in the pond room. Learn about how caring for wetlands and
keeping them healthy is vital in managing changes in our climate.
Tel: 01353 860711.
Website: http://www.wwt.org.uk/welney


THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Haverhill Arts Centre.
The panto version of a classic tale performed by Centre Stage Company. See website for
show times.
Cost: £7.50 (£6.50 conc).
Phone: 01440 714140.
Website: http://www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk


ROBIN HOOD & HIS MERRY MEN at the Maltings, The Maltings, Ely.
Family pantomime. Tickets on sale from Burrows Bookshop, High Street Passage.
Time: 19:30.
Cost: £8/£5.
Phone: 01353 669759.
Website: http://www.themaltingsely.com
KIDS COMEDY WORKSHOP at Commemoration Hall, High Street, Huntingdon.
Award winning stand-up Rob Gee will take you through the process of creating and
performing your own comedy sketch or stand-up routine.
Times: 8-12 yrs: 10.30am - 12.45pm. 12-16 yrs: 1.45pm - 4.00pm.
Cost: £7.
Phone: 01480 455167.
Website: http://www.cremm.co.uk


PEACE CHILD ALPHA OMEGA at Ely Cathedral, Ely.
A musical journey through faith. 3 Choirs, an orchestra and acting group of 4 young
people create a musical event that looks at how young people from different backgrounds
learn to re-examine their values and belief systems.
Time: 7.30pm.
Phone: 01763 274459.
Website: http://www.peacechild.org



*SUNDAY, 31 JANUARY 2010


ROALD DAHL'S THREE LITTLE PIGS at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.
The Cambridge Philharmonic returns to the for a fun-filled, action-packed children's
concert. The programme includes Roald Dahl's The Three Little Pigs set to music with
images projected onto a big screen.
Times: 2pm and 4pm.
Cost: Adult £12, child £8.
Telephone: 01223 357851.
Website: http://www.cornex.co.uk


WORLD WETLANDS DAY ACTIVITIES at the Welney Wetland Centre.
Celebrate wetlands around the world at WWT Welney. Join the staff and volunteers to
celebrate this year's forthcoming World Wetlands Day on 2 February, with wetland-
themed activities available in the pond room. Learn about how caring for wetlands and
keeping them healthy is vital in managing changes in our climate.
Tel: 01353 860711.
Website: http://www.wwt.org.uk/welney



*MONDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2010
CHINESE STATE CIRCUS at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.
The world's greatest acrobats join forces with the undisputed masters of martial arts,
stretching the limits of human achievement in an extraordinary two hour show.
Cost: Various.
Phone: 01223 357851.
Website: http://www.cornex.co.uk



*TUESDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2010


CHINESE STATE CIRCUS at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.
The world's greatest acrobats join forces with the undisputed masters of martial arts,
stretching the limits of human achievement in an extraordinary two hour show.
Cost: Various.
Phone: 01223 357851.
Website: http://www.cornex.co.uk


LITTLE VOICES at Roysia Middle School Burns Road, Royston.
Royston Little Voices is an arts group for children aged between five and nine. It aims to
inspire and engage children in creative music and drama activities. Tuesdays 4.15pm-
5.00pm (5-7 years); 5.15pm-6.00pm (7-9 years).
Time: 16:00 - 18:00.
Phone: 01763 246415.


WORLD WETLANDS DAY at Welney Wetland Centre.
Caring for wetlands – an answer to climate change. Celebrate wetlands around the world
at WWT Welney. Join the staff and volunteers at Welney and 'Wear you Wellies to
Work' to help raise awareness for wetland conservation in this the International Year of
Biodiversity. Normal admission applies.
Phone: 01353 860711.
Website: http://www.wwt.org.uk/welney



*WEDNESDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2010


CHINESE STATE CIRCUS at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.
The world's greatest acrobats join forces with the undisputed masters of martial arts,
stretching the limits of human achievement in an extraordinary two hour show.
Cost: Various.
Phone: 01223 357851.
Website: http://www.cornex.co.uk



*THURSDAY, 4 FEBRUARY 2010


WATERBEACH TODDLER PLAYGROUP 5TH ANNUAL INCREDIBLE CHARITY
AUCTION OF PROMISES at the White Horse Pub in Waterbeach.
How do you fancy taking the kids on a trip to see the Police Helicopters? Or a week in
Spain? Or a delicious homemade cake? See website for a full list of Promises. With
Professional auctioneer David Palmer once again presiding.
Time: 8pm.
Website: http://www.waterbeachtoddlerplaygroup.org.uk/auction.php



*SATURDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 2010


PLANT PRINTS at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens.
Using all the lovely shapes that nature provides, have fun printing your own plant
pictures and cards. Drop-in event, no need to book. Cost is £2 per child plus normal
admission charges for accompanying adults.
Time: 11:00 - 15:00.
Cost: £2 per child.
Phone: 01223 331875.
Website: http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk


CAFÉ WITH SOFT PLAY for under-5s at Christ Church Cambridge, Newmarket Road.
Tea, coffee, danish pastries, soft-play equipment for under-5s and a short talk about the
Christian faith.
Time: 10am - 12pm.
Cost: £2.50 per family (suggested donation; includes refreshments).
Phone: 01223 362574.
Website: http://www.christchurchcambridge.org.uk



*SUNDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2010


THE RAINBOW FISH at The Junction, Cambridge.
Children's theatre. Come and swim with The Rainbow Fish in her glittering underwater
paradise, but prepare to be whisked away on a deep-sea adventure as our storytellers
bring this enchanting tale for 4-7 year olds to life.
Time: Performances at 11.30am and 2.30pm.
Cost: £9 (£5 conc / £23 family)
Phone: 01223 511511.
Website: http://www.junction.co.uk



*SATURDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2010


SATURDADS at the University Centre, Mill Lane.
Drop-in parent and toddler session for dads and kids up to about 3 years. Mums welcome
too. Contact mailto:saturdads@googlemail.com with any questions.
Time: from 10.30am.
Cost: Free.


CHORISTER OPEN DAY at St. John's College
Informal open day: come and see what it is like to be a Chorister with the St. John's
College Choir. For boys aged 6-9. See news items above.
Time: 2pm - 5pm.
Tel: School Admissions Secretary, Ms Stephanie Denny, 01223 353652.
Website: http://www.sjcs.co.uk


NIGHT AT THE HAUNTED MUSEUM at Peterborough Museum, Priestgate,
Peterborough.
Have you got what it takes to spend the night at Peterborough's Haunted Museum? Why
not join the Brampton Playgroup Ghost Hunt and maybe meet one of the eight ghosts
who reside at the museum.
Cost: £20 plus a pledge to raise as much money as you can.
Time: 8pm to 3am.
Phone: 07725 030622.
Website: http://www.peterborough.gov.uk/page-488


BIG HEARTED CHARITY BIKERS FAMILY VALENTINE DISCO at the Sutton
British Legion, Brooklands Centre, The Brook, Sutton, Ely.
A family disco raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Cost: £5 for adults, £2.50 for kids if bought in advance (£8 on the door).
Time: Doors open 7.30 till midnight.
Phone: 01480 461564.
Website: http://www.bigheartedcharitybikers.co.uk
NEARLY NEW SALE at Littleport Village Hall, Victoria St, Littleport, Cambridgeshire.
Come and get stocked up on toys, equipment, clothes and much more! Entry is free so
you have more to spend! Tea/coffee and cakes will be on sale.
Time: 10am – Noon.
Phone: 07830 205934.


SECRETS: FREE DANCE WORKSHOP at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge.
Dance workshop led by IJAD dance company, no dance experience necessary, just bring
your curiosity. Please book online.
Time: 2–5pm for ages 13–19.
Tel: 01223 748100.
Website: http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

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HALF TERM EVENTS:

ON ALL WEEK (SATURDAY 13 - SUNDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2010):


RING QUEST at West Stow Country Park and Anglo-Saxon Village, West Stow, Bury
St. Edmunds.
Ever-popular family challenge event with a Lord of the Rings theme, with new clues to
follow and runes to collect before you can solve the puzzle and save Middle Earth! Your
family could win the big prize at the end of the week! For adults and accompanied
children.
Cost: £7.50 per pack (up to 5 people, max 2 adults).
Tel: 01284 728718.
Website: http://www.weststow.org


HALF TERM FAMILY ACTIVITIES at Welney Wetlands Centre.
Family trail and arts and crafts to celebrate Welney's winter spectacle and the importance
of healthy wetlands. Join us in the International Year of Biodiversity to celebrate the
wealth of wildlife which use the wetlands at Welney at this time of year. Witness one of
the most spectacular sights in the UK as wintering wild swans and wildfowl are fed daily
at 12 noon and 3.30pm. Or wait until dusk when thousands return to the washes at night
to roost and watch the 6.30pm floodlit feed.
Cost: Normal admission applies.
Website: http://www.wwt.org.uk/welney
HALF TERM EVENTS TO PRE-BOOK:


* MONDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 2010


FAMILY BIRDWATCHING WORKSHOP at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens.
Discover how to identify birds with wildlife expert David Chandler and try out your new
skills in the garden. Advance booking required.
Time: 10:00 - 13:00.
Cost: £5 per child.
Phone: 01223 331875.
Website: http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk


GRAND GESTURES at Kettle's Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge.
Artist-led workshop for 5-8 year olds, exploring the current exhibition modern times. Let
your imagination run wild with paint, ink and charcoal. Book in advance.
Time: 10.30am–12.30pm, 1.30–3.30pm.
Cost: £10 / concs £7.
Website: http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk


WHO'S SITTING IN MY CHAIR at The Maltings, Ely.
Children's theatre with original puppetry, beautiful sets, rich language, beautiful music
and gentle humour. Tickets available from Babylon Gallery, Burrows Bookshop, High
Street Passage and also from The Maltings.
Time: 15:00.
Cost: £6 / £5 / £18 family.
Phone: 01353 616991.
Website: http://www.adec.org.uk



*TUESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2010


FARM YARD FUN at Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey, Waterbeach.
Our Farm Yard mural is looking rather empty - come and add some colour and fill it up
with drawings of all your Farm Yard Friends. Take home your own mini-mural too.
Time: 12:00 - 16:00.
Cost: Normal admission.
Phone: 01223 860988.
Website: http://www.dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk
UTOPIAN VISIONS at Kettle's Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge.
Sculpture workshop for 9–12 year olds. Create your own ideal future city. Book in
advance.
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm.
Cost: £10 / concs £7.
Website: http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk


FEEDING TIME at the Zoology Museum, Downing Street, Cambridge.
Discover how animals feed with this interactive talk and see the skulls in the museum in a
new light. Suitable for ages 5–10 with an accompanying adult
Time: 11am–12pm, 2–3pm.
Tel: 01223 336650.
Website: http://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/museum



*WEDNESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2010


TWILIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS across Cambridge.
University museums in Cambridge are turning down the lights for an evening of fun
family twilight activities. Bring a torch to explore the Museums in a different light!
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 17:30 - 19:00.
Cost: Free.
Website: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/museums


SHAPES IN SPACE at Kettle's Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge.
We will construct interesting shapes inspired by the exhibition modern times to create a
picture exploring forms, colours and space, for ages 2–5. Book in advance.
Time: 9.30–10.30am and 11am–12pm.
Cost: £7, conc £5.
Website: http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk


BIRDS AND BEASTIES at Wimpole Hall & Farm.
Use natural materials to create bug hotels and bird feeders to encourage wildlife to your
garden. Normal admission applies plus small charge for craft materials.
Time: 11:30 - 15:30.
Cost: Normal admission.
Phone: (01223) 206000.
Website: http://www.wimpole.org
FAMILY BUSHCRAFT at West Stow Country Park and Anglo-Saxon Village, West
Stow, Bury St. Edmunds.
Join expert Rob Bevington for an exciting day of bushcraft, fire making, shelter building,
tracking, wild foods, and much more. For adults and accompanied children, no under 5's.
Booking essential.
Cost: £15 adults / £5 child (must be accompanied by an adult).
Website: http://www.weststow.org



*THURSDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2010


LA-DI-DADA at The Junction, Cambridge.
Children's theatre. Stories of power, superheroes, wands and witches mingle with the
children's own stories, all played out in a magical 360 degree shadow play. For 3 - 6 year
olds. Please note, this performance has a limited capacity so early booking is strongly
recommended.
Time: 10.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm.
Price: £9 / £5 con / J2 Group of 4: £23.
Phone: 01223 511511.
Website: http://www.junction.co.uk


RISKY BUSINESS at Kettle's Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge.
To mark this year's Darwin lecture series on the theme of risk, Kettle's Yard are offering
a lucky dip workshop. For all ages. Book in advance.
Time: 10.30am–12.30pm.
Cost: £5, concs £3.
Website: http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk


FARM YARD FUN at Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey, Waterbeach.
Make a paper model of a tractor and a Shire Horse to help plough the fields ready for
sowing!
Time: 12:00 - 16:00.
Cost: Normal admission
Phone: 01223 860988.
Website: http://www.dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk


FEEDING TIME at the Zoology Museum, Downing Street, Cambridge.
Discover how animals feed with this interactive talk and see the skulls in the museum in a
new light. Suitable for ages 5–10 with an accompanying adult.
Time: 11am–12pm, 2–3pm.
Tel: 01223 336650.
Website: http://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/museum



*FRIDAY, 19 FEBRUARY 2010


PENGUIN at Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill.
Children's theatre. Ben rips open his birthday present and finds a penguin inside. What
can Ben do to make Penguin speak? Adapted from the award winning book by Polly
Dunbar. For ages: 3+.
Time: 14:00 - 15:00.
Cost: £4 (£3.50 conc).
Phone: 01440 714140.
Website: http://www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk


GOLDILOCKS AND HOW MANY BEARS? at Lavenham Village Hall.
Children's theatre. While doing battle with her laundry, Goldilocks decides to go on an
adventure in the woods. With puppets, singing and lots of British Sign Language.
Suitable for children aged 3 to 7 years. Bears get free entry!
Time: 14:00.
Cost: £5.
Phone: 01284 769505.



*SUNDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 2010


BIRD RINGING DEMONSTRATION at West Stow Country Park and Anglo-Saxon
Village, West Stow, Bury St. Edmunds.
Watch the experts catch and ring a variety of feathered visitors to the Country Park
(subject to weather). Adults and accompanied children. Booking essential.
Cost: £6 adults/£3 child.
Website: http://www.weststow.org


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FAMILY CINEMA:

1) Cineworld, Cambridge Leisure Park, Clifton Way, Cambridge.
Family films, £1 per ticket at 10am every Saturday. Usually offers a choice of 3 films.
http://www.cineworld.co.uk
2) Vue Cinema, Grafton Centre, Cambridge.
Kids AM: Kids 95p for selected film. All adults pay same price, but must be
accompanied by at least 1 child. Every Saturday and Sunday morning (times vary).
http://www.myvue.com


3) Arts Picturehouse Cinema, 38-39 St. Andrews Street. Tel: 08707 551242.

Regular KID'S CLUB on Saturdays from 10.30am with games and activities followed by
a children's film at 11am. For 3-10 year olds.

BIG SCREAM on Wednesdays at 11am - a club for new parents and their babies (under 1
year).
Also do regular Autism Friendly screenings.
http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema_home_date.aspx?venueId=camb


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ADVERTS AND MESSAGES:
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The ADVERTS AND MESSAGES section - which includes items for sale and wanted –
has been removed from this version of the newsletter. In order to receive the full
newsletter delivered to your inbox, you must be subscribed to the University staff parent
email list – email mailto:childcare@admin.cam.ac.uk with your name, job title and
Department.

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